Thursday, September 8, 2011


The federal government will apparently set up a line to combat citizenship fraud. Do you think it is a good idea? Consider that residency fraud in citizenship applications is rampant, people try to find ways to live abroad and misrepresent their residency in Canada. Citizenship is something that you must earn, not an entitlement to collect a passport and enjoy benefits without contributing to society.

Fed snitch line will fight citizenship fraud Canada News Toronto Sun

Fed snitch line will fight citizenship fraud

By Daniel Proussalidis ,Parliamentary Bureau

First posted: Wednesday, September 07, 2011 07:07 PM EDT Updated: Wednesday, September 07, 2011 07:27 PM EDT

OTTAWA - The federal government is moving to set up a special snitch line for citizenship fraud.

QMI Agency has learned the Conservatives plan to offer Canadians a phone number and e-mail address to use to report people suspected of getting their citizenship fraudulently or helping others do so.

Officials from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) would then investigate the reports.

Details are expected to be announced Thursday.

While CIC officials wouldn't comment on their future plans, a spokesman for Immigration Minister Jason Kenney did say fighting citizenship fraud is a priority for the government.

"Minister Kenney has been clear, Canadian citizenship is not for sale," Candice Malcolm said. "Our government is going to apply the full strength of Canadian law to go against those who've obtained Canadian citizenship fraudulently."

The new snitch line will be the latest move by the Tories to crack down on citizenship fraud.

In July, Kenney began the process of revoking the citizenship of 1,800 people fingered through RCMP and CIC investigations of people officials believe never really lived in Canada.

At the time, Kenney said the revocations would "send a very clear message to the little industry of crooked citizenship consultants -- we're putting them out of business."

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