Feds need more time to work on controversial study guide for citizenship test

It's been more than two years since work began on revising the controversial study guide for Canada's citizenship test.

Despite the passage of time, the federal government says it needs still more time to work on the publication and has no set timeline for its release.

Internal emails from the Immigration department dating back to 2016 show officials were hoping to launch the new guide alongside Canada 150 celebrations and the 70th anniversary of the Citizenship Act, events that took place over a year ago.

Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel says she believes the delay stems from the removal of references to barbaric cultural practices, references added by the Stephen Harper government in 2011.

The government says the new document will include information on Canada's laws against gender-based violence, including female genital mutilation.