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Aug. 27, 2015

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WATERLOO – The B.C. Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers filed a legal challenge on Aug. 20 questioning the constitutionality of Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act.

There are several Laurier experts available to comment on a variety of issues surrounding Canadian citizenship, migration and Bill C-24.

Margaret Walton-Roberts, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Geography and associate director of the International Migration Research Centre, is an expert on immigration of Canada’s Indian diaspora, Canada’s ethnicity gender population dynamics and the India-Canada social and economic connections. Contact information: 519 884-0710 x2263 or

Abdelfettah Elkchirid, lecturer in Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work, is an expert on citizenship, migrant families and the integration process into Canadian society. He is fluent in English, Arabic and French. Contact information:

Edmund Pries, assistant professor in Laurier’s Global Studies program, is an expert on oaths, pledges and vows of citizenship, global citizenship and ethics, and international humanitarian law. He is fluent in English and German. Contact information: 519-884-1970 x4593 or

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Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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