Calgary: Chris Alexander has reinforced the government’s commitment to tackling citizenship fraud through measures proposed in Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act. Under the new legislation, the government will have the authority to develop regulations to designate a regulatory body whose members would be authorized to act as consultants on citizenship matters. Proposed measures include: stronger penalties for fraud and misrepresentation (a maximum fine of $100,000 and/or five years in prison); expanding the grounds to bar an application for citizenship to include foreign criminality which will help improve program integrity; and making it an offence for unauthorized individuals to knowingly represent or advise a person on a citizenship application or hearing for a fee.