Birth tourism an abuse

The Province - - EDITORIAL -

Canada is a very in­clu­sive, wel­com­ing, com­pas­sion­ate and gen­er­ous coun­try. Un­for­tu­nately, our gen­eros­ity is of­ten abused. For ex­am­ple, birth tourism is a ma­jor con­cern, es­pe­cially in com­mu­ni­ties like Rich­mond.

Rich­mond East-Queens­bor­ough MLA Jas Jo­hal has raised this is­sue, which goes be­yond party lines. Cana­di­ans should be con­cerned when our le­nient laws, hos­pi­tal­ity and com­pas­sion are not only mis­used but also abused by un­scrupu­lous peo­ple.

A re­cent re­port by the In­sti­tute for Pub­lic Pol­icy states that 1,500 to 2,000 chil­dren are born in Canada yearly to for­eign moth­ers who have no sta­tus in the coun­try. They come to Canada just to give birth to their chil­dren, who au­to­mat­i­cally be­come Cana­di­ans. It is en­cour­ag­ing to see not only our MLAs but also MPs raise this is­sue. Hope­fully, our law­mak­ers will take ap­pro­pri­ate mea­sures to stop this abuse of Cana­dian hos­pi­tal­ity.

— Bal­want Sanghera, Rich­mond

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