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, we all recently received great news; 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 three months later, the Government has simply not taken any action to implement these recommendations.
What’s worse, today Liberal Members on the Human Resources Committee voted down an opportunity to debate a motion that would have had the Minister responsible for these proposed changes come to committee to testify on the status of implementing these recommendations. Liberal MPs Dan Ruimy and Wayne Long both purposefully obstructed and shut down this debate (even going as low as to question the “relevance” at one point). You can watch this embarrassing showing here.
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 remaining opportunity in Parliament 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.
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