Click here for ways that you can encourage the Government and your Member of Parliament to take immediate action.
Thanks to all your hard work supporting Motion 110, the Human Resources Committee passed a report on the loss of an infant child and the impact on families. It made seven recommendations, including proposed changes to the Employment Insurance Program which would accommodate a bereavement leave that would provide income support for 12 to 15 weeks for parents grieving the loss of an infant child.
However, now more than five months later, the Government has simply not taken any action to implement these recommendations.
This report must not sit on a shelf and gather dust. This is a blueprint to ensuring that grieving parents do not have to endure further hardship or suffer any undue financial or emotional distress as a result of the design of government programming.
Unfortunately, it appears that the Liberal Government was all about lip service, but not about taking real action to support parents grieving the loss of an infant child.
While this is incredibly disappointing, I am not giving up.
I will use every opportunity to pressure the Government to implement these important recommendations and will keep you up to date on all of these efforts.
These recommendations are common sense changes that have received broad support from Canadians and stakeholders alike. As there is a will to see these changes made, I know that we will see their implementation through together, no matter how long it takes, whether it be during the term of this government or the next.
Once again, thank you for your support. Together we will ensure that these recommendations are implemented.
Blake Richards, Member of Parliament for Banff-Airdrie
You can help by doing the following:
- Emailing your Member of Parliament asking them when action will be taken on the Human Resources Report Recommendations.
- Seek a meeting with your Member of Parliament and any Liberals Members of Parliament in your surrounding area. You can find the contact information of your Member of Parliament at this website.
Other Useful links