The Canadian Press, May 7
Montreal – Ottawa says it is introducing passport measures to prevent people they call would-be terrorists and sex offenders from travelling abroad.
The changes would allow authorities to cancel, revoke or refuse passports for national security or terrorism purposes.
Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney and Citizenship Minister Chris Alexander made the announcement on Thursday at Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.
Blaney and Alexander also said people who have their passports revoked or cancelled will have to wait 10 years before applying for another.
“We won’t allow the Canadian passport to be used as a tool by terrorists to carry out unspeakable acts of violence, criminal acts, and Canada will not tolerate this type of behaviour,” he told a news conference at the airport.
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