Mrs. Maclnnis (Vancouver-Kingsway):
the explanatory note indicates, the purpose of this bill is to provide maternity leave for women employed in any work, undertaking or business within the legislative authority of the parliament of Canada.
Its provisions are in line with standards laid down by the International Labour Organization and adopted in varying degrees by countries throughout the world. It is hoped that by adopting such legislation as is proposed the parliament of Canada may encourage the provincial legislatures to do likewise.
Motion agreed and bill read the first time.