Conservatives believe that family is the cornerstone of society. I am proud to be running on a platform that will support families by making it more affordable to start and grow a family.
If we form government, Conservatives will make EI parental and maternity leave tax free. Parents make big sacrifices when they choose to bring a child into the world. Those choices and sacrifices enrich their lives, but they also have positive consequences for everyone, because those children will become the workers of tomorrow when those currently in the workforce age into retirement. Our social programs depend on continuing to have new workers enter the workforce, supporting those who are not able to work any longer.
Making parental leave tax free makes life more affordable for families, but it is also a clear recognition of the important role that families play in society.
And while Liberals have consistently tried to advance policies which favour one-size-fits-all approaches to childcare, Conservative believe that a commitment to flexibility should guide our approach to family support. That is why I opposed the Liberals “use it or lose it” approach to parental leave, and advocated instead for greater flexibility.