A B.C. woman is petitioning the federal government to crack down on birth tourism, on the grounds that foreign women are deliberately having babies at hospitals in Canada, so their “passport babies” will have access to free healthcare, education and Canadian citizenship.
Kerry Starchuk, of Richmond, B.C., says the problem is particularly acute at Richmond Hospital, where a child is born to a foreign mother approximately once every day. All of these children immediately become Canadian citizens, by virtue of the fact they are born on Canadian soil. A CTV investigation from 2016 also found birth tourism to be on the rise in Canada.
“I think there has to be some kind of contribution here – some kind of connection,” she said of mothers who deliberately come to Canada to give birth. She told CTV Vancouver she’d much rather see these mothers contribute to Canadian society before reaping its benefits. She also raised concerns about the number of Canadian-born children who are raised overseas, with the freedom to move to Canada whenever they want.
Our political class has cheapened Canadian citizenship into a mere commodity. This was deliberate.