Mrs. Marion Dewar (Hamilton Mountain):
Mr. Speaker, last June the Federal Court of Canada ruled that the Unemployment Insurance Act was unfair to natural parents because it denied them the benefits for child care enjoyed by adoptive parents.
This decision makes a clear distinction between maternity benefits, which are received by women for health reasons, and parental benefits, which are paid to adoptive parents for the child's care and emotional development.
The Conservative Government has until September 30 to appeal this decision, if it wishes to take such a retrograde step. New Democrats hope that instead the Government will listen to groups such as the Canadian Labour Congress, the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, and the National Association of Women and the Law, and accept the ruling by implementing parental leave for Canadian parents without jeopardizing maternity leave benefits.
September 28, 1988
This move will finally ensure that Canada provides child care benefits already available in other industrialized countries.
Topic: STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic: UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ACT