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, more than two years later, the Government has simply not taken any action to implement these report 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.
My colleagues at the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development have recently tabled a motion to have the committee propose the path forward to immediately implement the recommendations in the Report.
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.
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:
- Please sign and share this parliamentary petition urging the federal government to take action for grieving parents.
- Email the Human Resources, Skills and Social Development Committee Clerk to let them know if you are interested in appearing as a witness, or in submitting a brief on the committee study on the path forward to immediately implement the seven recommendations in the report, Supporting Families After the Loss of a Child.
- 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.
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