JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S LIBERALS DENY PROTECTION TO PREGNANT AND BREAST-FEEDING WOMEN

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04 October 2017

 

JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S LIBERALS DENY PROTECTION TO PREGNANT AND BREAST-FEEDING WOMEN

All opposition parties in the House of Commons voted in favor of NPD M.P. Christine Moore’s Bill C-345.

 

OTTAWA – Whereas all members of opposition parties have voted in favor of New Democrat M.P. Christine Moore’s Bill C-345, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have honored partisanship over protecting pregnant and breast-feeding women.

“My Private Member’s Bill aimed simply to protect pregnant women across Canada against the risks of injuries in the work place that could hinder the baby’s development by giving them access to provincial leave programs when these are more advantageous”, explained Ms. Moore.  “Unfortunately, the Liberals preferred to let numerous women face precarious conditions and take unnecessary risks that could put their baby in danger”, she added, visibly disappointed.

At this moment, only Quebec possesses a paid preventive leave program. This program gives women a genuine choice who can act freely to protect their health and that of their baby.  “The investments made for such a program would have been minimal compared to the sums that could be payed as compensation to a women who suffered injuries or a child born with after effects”, said the M.P. for Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

Unfortunately women in Québec whose employer is under federal jurisdiction do not have access to the program. “The Liberals and particularly the M.P.s from Québec, including Justin Trudeau himself, have turned their back on all women in Quebec who work under federal jurisdiction by telling them that they do not deserve the same protection as their fellow citizens working under provincial jurisdiction”, said Ms. Moore.

“Women deserve to live their pregnancy safely and healthily. I fail to understand how Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have adopted such a partisan position at women’s expense”, said Christine Moore.  “When the Conservative caucus is more feminist than the Liberals, there can be no doubt that on just how illusory the Prime Minister’s feminism is.”

Bill C-345 was rejected by 39 votes and was supported by two Liberal MP: Denis Paradis (Brome-Missisquoi) and Mark Gerretsen (Kingston Islands).