Ontario gained a supporter in British Columbia in expressing its skepticism about the government’s proposed move to abolish the jus soli birthright provision.
The said provision allows anybody born in Canada to be a Canadian citizen, regardless of his parents’ country of origin.
The changes in this provision were proposed because of alleged cases of women entering Canada just before giving birth in order that their born child will be granted automatic Canadian citizenship.
The plan was discovered in what seems like a secret report in 2013. However, the figures cited in the report prompted Ontario, and now British Columbia, to question the planned changes.
According to the report, out of 360,000 cases under the provision, lower than 500 yearly were found to have taken advantage of it.
Because of this very small figure, many believe it isn’t practical to change the provision because of the possible administrative and financial costs that it will entail, plus all the changes that all provinces will have to make in their birth certificate system.
Ontario and British Columbia combined comprise half the population in Canada. Therefore, with both of them voicing out opposition to the planned changes, there is a big probability that the government will listen.