The Procedure and House Affairs Committee says MPs should change the Standing Orders to make it official that infants are allowed in the House, and create more family-friendly spaces on the Hill.
Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, pictured at the Procedure and House Affairs Committee on Sept. 28 speaking to Conservative MP Scott Reid, is set to become the first federal cabinet minister to give birth while serving, and said she will be taking six weeks off once her baby is born. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Two MPs with young children are applauding a new House committee report that recommends the House not count parental leave as absence, and formalize that infants are allowed in the House Chamber.
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Apologizing for 'tensions' that became public over the last months, Julie Payette said that 'we all experience things differently, but we should always strive to do better, and be attentive to one another’s perceptions.'
He faced potential expulsion last year during the leadership race over comments he made that appeared to question whether chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam, who is of Asian descent, was a pawn of China.
'I hope that intelligence and security officials in Canada learned after what they saw in the U.S. and can make sure something like that does not happen here,' says Ottawa-turned-Washington correspondent Richard Madan.