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The parents of a baby girl appealed to the Ombudsman after the Directeur de l’état civil (registrar of civil status) refused to register the surname they had chosen for their child.
The parents are of foreign origin and were married outside Canada at the beginning of the 2000s. Following their marriage, the mother of the child, as is the custom in their community of origin, took a feminized inflection of the father’s surname as her own. Feminization consists, in certain cultures, of adding an “a” to the end of a masculine surname. These citizens have lived in Canada for almost 10 years and now have a second daughter to whom they wanted to give the feminized inflection of the father’s surname, or, in other words, the mother’s surname. The Directeur de l’état civil refused to comply.
Considering these facts, the Ombudsman recommended that the Directeur de l’état civil:
The Directeur de l’état civil agreed to act on the Québec Ombudsman’s recommendation. The surname as chosen by the parents was registered on the child’s birth certificate.