The Canadian government should take away honorary Canadian citizenship from Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi. The House of Commons in 2007 unanimously passed a motion, introduced by Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper, to give the democracy advocate honorary citizenship. At the time, Ms. Suu Kyi had spent nearly a dozen of the last 18 years in prison or under house arrest. Her party had won a 1990 election only to be blocked from power by the army in the southeast Asian country also known as Burma. But in the 12 years since she was given the honour, much has changed. Ms. Suu Kyi was freed from house arrest and her party won a landslide election victory in 2015. She is Myanmar’s state counsellor now, which many commentators have said makes her the country’s de facto leader. Despite her leadership, Ms. Suu Kyi has not used her position to speak against what the United Nations’ human rights chief in 2017 which was called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” A UN report last month faults Ms. Suu Kyi for not using her “moral authority” to prevent violence in her country that has forced nearly 725,000 Rohingya, a Muslim minority, to flee. Ms. Suu Kyi has downplayed the severity of the crisis, which erupted in August 2017 after a military crackdown in response to Rohingya militant attacks on police posts. Security officials are alleged to have burnt homes, and committed sexual violence and mass killings, though military and civilian officials deny this. Ms. Suu Kyi’s defenders downplay her responsibility, noting the military controls Myanmar’s home affairs, defence, and border affairs ministries, and it holds the reins in Rakhine, the state where the alleged abuses are centred. Ms. Suu Kyi has been stripped of numerous awards in the last year. Here in Ottawa, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is removing her image from a display of human rights defenders. Prominent Liberals, including former ministers Irwin Cotler, Lloyd Axworthy, and Allan Rock, have called for the government to revoke Ms. Suu Kyi’s honorary citizenship. An online petition has garnered nearly 54,500 supporters. But Canada’s political parties have largely stayed silent about stripping her honorary citizenship. A government official speaking to The Globe and Mail said revocation wouldn’t help diplomatic efforts to end the crisis or the Rohingya refugees. They said it would look like hypocrisy coming from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who proclaimed during the 2015 election campaign that “a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian,” in criticism of a Conservative policy to strip citizenship from convicted terrorists. The problem with that argument is that diplomatic efforts do not appear to have resulted in improvements anyway, so revocation likely wouldn’t make chances worse. Revocation would be a natural extension of Canada’s ongoing tough talk against Myanmar, with the foreign minister this week saying the sentencing of two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison “seriously jeopardizes” the idea of democracy there. Though revocation wouldn’t directly help Rohingya refugees, it would show the world that Ms. Suu Kyi no longer upholds values worthy of Canadian citizenship. Revocation wouldn’t prevent Canada from continuing to help refugees; it can do both. It’s also important to distinguish between real and honorary citizenship. Mr. Trudeau is right to uphold citizenship’s value, but it’s worth remembering that honorary citizenship is essentially symbolic: it doesn’t come with any Canadian rights or privileges—even honorary citizen Malala Yousafzai said she needs a visa to visit Canada. That being said, symbolism is important. Canada needs to show the world that it no longer feels Ms. Suu Kyi deserves this honour because her actions have been dishonourable.