O’Toole vows to boost financial support for parents grieving the death of a child – National

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Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is pledging to boost financial support to grieving parents as the election campaign enters its final stretch.

At a hotel in downtown Vancouver today, O’Toole said he would extend employment insurance benefits to mothers and fathers for up to eight weeks following the death of a child.

He says he would also provide up to eight weeks of paid leave after a miscarriage or stillbirth.

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Currently, EI parental benefits end immediately following a child’s death and there is no specific bereavement leave for miscarriages or stillbirths under federal labour law, though women can be eligible for sick leave in the event of complications.

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O’Toole says thousands of Canadian parents struggle with the loss of a child every year, and that a Tory government would “end the stigma” and give them the time they need to mourn.

At his rallies, O’Toole has been pitching a more “compassionate conservatism” as he tries to win over parents with a focus on affordability and health care ahead of the election on Sept. 20.

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