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OTTAWA — A Commons committee is recommending Parliament pass a Bloc Quebecois bill that could see parents paid up to two years of leave and one year of employment insurance payments if their children are injured while committing a crime.
Opposition parties joined forces Tuesday to pass Bill C-343 through the Commons human resources committee. The bill is meant to expand provisions of compassionate leave available through the EI system, but a Conservative MP opposed to the bill says it could also reward the parents of junior convicts.
The bill would allow up to two years of family leave for parents whose children suffer, “...a serious physical injury during the commission or as the direct result of a criminal offence.” While the intention is to help victims, Saskatchewan Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott is worried the bill could help criminals as well.
“If a 16-year-old falls down the stairs in the process of robbing someone's house and becomes temporarily disabled, it appears that this bill allows the parent of the child to stay at home and get paid through EI to care for them,” Vellacott said during a committee meeting last week. “If that's the case, I don't think that's fair.”
Bloc MP France Bonsant, the sponsor of the bill, said she doesn't see a problem with that.
“If a child makes a mistake, should the parents be the ones to pay? I don't think so,” Bonsant said.
Bonsant said cases of parents being paid to look after children who were injured while committing crimes would be rare, and she supports those payments.
“This supports families and their children,” Bonsant said.
Originally posted by blamethegreys
Or the logic could be followed that by enabling the parents to stay home, they might have a positive impact on their child's future behavior.
I don't agree with the idea though. Just more nanny-state legislation IMO. I was just devil's advocatin'.