By Aaron Wherry - Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 0 Comments
NDP MP Sana Hassainia proposes increasing EI for parents who have twins and triplets.
The NDP is hoping for all-party support for a private member’s bill that would double parental leave for the parents of multiples … “This is not something partisan,” said Sana Hassainia, the NDP MP for Vercheres-Les Patriotes who will introduce the bill. “It’s something all Canadian citizens with twins or triplets can benefit from.”
Her bill ultimately seeks to amend the Canada Labour Code so that employees can take up to 72 weeks of parental leave in the event of a multiple birth or multiple adoption. The weeks can be divided between the two parents, used in its entirety by one parent or taken consecutively by each parent. It also amends the Employment Insurance Act so that parents of multiples and parents who adopt multiple babies at the same time can receive up to 70 weeks of parental benefits. Parents of multiples are currently entitled to the same 35 weeks parents with a single baby receive.
Ms. Hassainia was involved in a small kerfuffle earlier this year when she brought her infant son into the House.
By Rachel Mendleson - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 2:40 PM - 1 Comment
Johnson is Newfoundland’s first active MHA to give birth
You would think that members of Canada’s provincial legislatures would enjoy a fairly progressive workplace—but apparently not. Not a single jurisdiction has developed a clear policy for maternity leave, and in many cases, female members could technically be docked hundreds of dollars of pay for missing sessions to have a baby.
Charlene Johnson, who last month became Newfoundland and Labrador’s first ever MHA to give birth while in office, found that out the hard way. She’ll have to apply for approval for the time she’s missing—and if she doesn’t get it, she could be charged $200 a day for her absence.
By selley - Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 2:57 PM - 7 Comments
Must-reads: Randall Denley on paying attention to the Dippers and Greens; …Jonathan Kay on
Bring out your dead!
In which Gilles Duceppe forlornly searches for the last 28 diehard separatists and Lehman Brothers employees haggle for discounts on dented soup cans.
Quebec Premier Jean Charest may privately prefer a Stephen Harper win on Oct. 14 to a Stéphane Dion win, Don MacPherson writes in the Montreal Gazette, and word has it the Liberal apparatus in Sherbrooke is actually working to get Tory candidate André Bachand elected. But by publicly denouncing the federal government’s cuts to arts funding, and promising to lay his government’s “priorities” on the line and demand a response from Harper in advance of the Oct. 1 French leaders’ debate, MacPherson believes the Premier is attempting to eat as much cake as he can at Harper’s ongoing party in la belle province.
The Globe and Mail‘s Konrad Yakabuski suggests Gilles Duceppe “has only himself to blame” for the rapidly declining fortunes of his Bloc Québécois, in that he should have realized two-and-a-half years ago “that the Bloc’s rhetoric-pro-gun control, pro-Kyoto, pro-union, pro-Afghan pullout, anti-American-was sounding increasingly foreign to voters outside Montreal,” who are now frighteningly willing, from Duceppe’s perspective, to mark their X beside the Tory candidate. As such, notwithstanding Duceppe’s well-founded fear of hats, Yakabuski thinks he probably should have taken a chance on wearing a Stetson at this year’s Festival Western de Saint-Tite.