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Committee recommends MPs not be docked pay for parental leave

By Emily Haws, Samantha Wright Allen      

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
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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. Two MPs who are mothers of babies, NDP MP Christine Moore (Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Que.) and Bloc Québécois MP Marilène Gill (Manicouagan, Que.), agreed with the recommendations, but both said there’s more work to do. The report, tabled late last month by the Procedure and House Affairs Committee, recommends that

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