Melanie Atcovitch and baby expelled from citizenship ceremony

Montreal resident Melanie Atcovitch is fuming after being asked to leave her husband’s citizenship ceremony because her infant child was babbling.

Woman asked to leave citizenship ceremony because her baby was making 'happy noises'

Melanie Atcovitch was asked to leave her husband's citizenship ceremony because her six-month-old baby was babbling. (Sara Dubreuil/CBC)

Montreal resident Melanie Atcovitch is fuming after being asked to leave her husband’s citizenship ceremony because her infant child was babbling.

Atcovich attended her husband Peter George’s citizenship ceremony with her six-month-old infant.

When the baby started gurgling and babbling at the beginning of the citizenship ceremony, she was asked to leave by an official at the ceremony.

“I was a bit rash and said ‘no, I’m not leaving.”

But after the usher asked her again, and she did leave with her child. She ended up missing a large portion of the ceremony.

Children make noise. That’s what they do.- Melanie Atcovich

Atcovich said the baby was not being overly disruptive, nor was she crying.

“Children make noise. That’s what they do,” she said.

“I think if she was crying, I would’ve been more than happy to leave. But she was just making happy noise.”

At first, George didn’t notice his wife had been asked to leave. He didn't hear his daughter making any noise.

“I thought it was a bit off, given that it’s supposed to be a celebratory thing, it’s not like it’s a court of justice.”

Atcovitch said she found it ironic that the ceremony was about inviting people into the country, yet she was kicked out.

Citizenship and Immigration responded with the following statement:

“Citizenship ceremonies are a special moment for a lot of new Canadians. It’s important that it’s conducted in a calm and enjoyable manner for everyone involved."

Listen to the whole interview here:

Melanie Atcovitch says is frustrated after being forced to leave the room during her husband's Canadian citizenship ceremony. Atcovitch says she was ushered out because she was told her baby was making too much noise. 6:12

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