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Richmond, B.C. – area Liberal MP calls for federal action to curb the practice of ‘birth tourism’ (SPH)

Diplomatic row with China not impacting birth tourism. (Photo courtesy of Graeme Wood / Glacier Media / Tricity News )
Diplomatic row with China not impacting birth tourism. (Photo courtesy of Graeme Wood / Glacier Media / Tricity News )

A Liberal MP is calling on the federal government to address the practice of non-resident mothers coming to Canada to give birth, which he calls an “awful practice” that must be stopped.

Joe Peschisolido, Liberal MP for Steveston-Richmond East, says he has spoken with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen about the issue of “birth tourism” and expects a response from government to be forthcoming.

At St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver, 132 of 1,427 births in 2017-18 were to non-residents – or about 9 per cent of all births. That is up slightly from 7 per cent in 2016-17 and 6 per cent the year before.

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