changes: Speaking in the highly diverse community of Brampton, Ont., just northwest of Toronto, Hussen said the changes undo barriers the former Conservative government put in place, according to The Chronicle Herald. Something happened in the last number of years whereby the previous government had deliberately put obstacles, real barriers, to citizenship for permanent residents, Hussen said. Important changes to Canadian citizenship rules, including how long a newcomer has to be in the country to be eligible, will take effect next week, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced Wednesday. Those barriers were unnecessary. Under the changes that take effect Oct. 11, which Hussen called long-awaited, would-be citizens will have to have been in Canada for three of the last five years before they apply. They prolonged people's steps to join the Canadian family, they made it really hard. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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