Outsourcing is a word that gets many people upset. Nationalists feel that nothing should be outsourced. Everything should be made in the country and all work should be kept in house. Canadians are no different in their opinion – especially when it relates to passports. Passports are simply objects made from pieces of paper. However, what a passport represents is much more than just a piece of paper. Passports represent the country for which they are made and citizens do not like hearing that their passports are being made in another country. There is an element of pride involved as well as an element of national security that creates a stir whenever talk of outsourcing a nation’s passports is brought up.
As it turns out, the Canadian federal government awarded the passport contract to an Ottawa-based company. However, the Canadian company then sub-contracted the work to a company in the Netherlands.
The Canadian company, Canadian Bank Note, has its headquarters in Ottawa and has locations across the globe. Critics see the move to outsource the passports as unpatriotic. The Canadian government had nothing to do with the decision to outsource the passports.
Prior to Canadian Bank Note landing the contract, another Canadian company Columbia Finishing Mills had made the plastic passport covers for the past 3 decades.
Many opponents believe that all parts of the Canadian passport should be made in Canada. Some are even trying to overturn the government’s decision to have Canadian Bank Note make the passports.
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