October 29, 2003 (37th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Jane Stewart


Hon. Jane Stewart (Minister of Human Resources Development, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister's task force on women entrepreneurs has emphasized yet again how important the government's decision to double parental benefits has been to Canadian families. It clarifies indeed that women entrepreneurs, those who are self-employed do not pay premiums and therefore do not have access.
I welcome the recommendation of the committee and the information it has provided that suggests that women entrepreneurs are prepared to pay premiums. We will do what we can to provide this important benefit to women entrepreneurs.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Employment Insurance
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