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Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

Whereas:
  • Motion 110 was a nonpartisan effort put forward by Member of Parliament Blake Richards, passed unanimously in the House of Commons in June 2018, to bring the issue of child loss, its impact on parents, and the shortcomings with current government programming forward for committee study;
  • The Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) has heard powerful witness testimony from parents who have been affected by pregnancy and infant loss on what the government can do to ensure parents no longer suffer any undue financial or emotional hardship as a result of the design of government programming;
  • The Liberal members of the HUMA Committee moved to shut down debate on a motion that would have had the Committee finish its study and table its report and recommendations on Motion 110 prior to the House of Commons' winter break;
  • Every single party except the Liberal Party voted for a proposed amendment to the Budget Implementation Act No. 2 that would have created a new 12-week bereavement leave for parents dealing with the death of a child; and
  • Grieving parents will no longer accept excuses from this government and expect action to be taken immediately to provide better support and compassion for those who have suffered as a result of pregnancy and infant loss.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to create a new 12-week bereavement leave for parents grieving the death of a child, prior to the 2019 federal election.

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