Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I want to touch on a discussion that we had started previously.
When we saw each other last, we discussed whether the place of birth was still, to this day, the most relevant criteria in determining an individual's attachment to Canada. You said that, in your opinion, it was still an important requirement. I was a bit shocked because it seemed to me that, in this day and age of mobility, when people are constantly travelling all over the world, a person could easily be born in Canada but never set foot in the country again, or a person could be born abroad but spend most of their life in Canada and then give birth to a child abroad.
It was your position that, in today's world, in 2010, as we prepare to enter 2011, the place of birth should remain the most relevant factor in determining an individual's attachment to Canada.