ALEXANDRE BOULERICE STEPS UP TO THE PLATE TO PROTECT
OTTAWA — To increase access to preventative withdrawal for pregnant women is just common sense, said NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie), whose bill seeking to protect pregnant workers, tabled in October, will be de debated this evening in the House of Commons.
“Workers shouldn’t be penalized for becoming pregnant,” said Alexandre Boulerice. Bill C-307 seeks to allow all pregnant women, whose jobs fall under the Canada Labour Code, to access provincial health and safety provisions if they’re more beneficial than the federal ones.
“It’s a reasonable and necessary bill that will concretely help women and their families,” he said. “If we’re going to encourage people to have kids, we have to provide them with the adequate living conditions to do it. Women would have access to all applicable provisions under provincial law, including preventative withdrawal, assignment to another position or financial compensation.”
Currently, under the Canada Labour Code, pregnant women who work standing up for more than seven hours, who lift loads of more than seven kilos or who are exposed to dangerous products are putting their own health and that of the foetus in danger,” said Boulerice.
A 2004 Health Canada study has already shown the effectiveness of the Quebec model on this issue. The MP for Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie urges his colleagues from all parties to show somehumanism and join him in his search for a more equitable law. “If we really want to help Canadian families, we must put words into action and adopt Bill C-307,” he concluded.
His bill seeking to increase access to preventative withdrawal to be debated this evening in the House