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Lost Canadians crusader says new citizenship bill lacking

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A Gibsons man fighting to restore citizenship to the so-called “Lost Canadians” says the government’s latest bill still leaves loopholes.

Don Chapman says the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, or bill C-24, solves only some of the problems for people born before 1947 when the country didn’t have a Citizenship Act.

Chapman – whose group is taking the government to court again – met with officials this week.   He says the person at the center of the case is covered under the new rules, but they have to keep up the pressure.

Chapman says another group left out are people who needed to reaffirm their citizenship before age 28, but weren’t even aware of it.  C-24 changes that, but not for past cases.  He also says it’s leaving out some people born abroad to Canadian parents.

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