Sudbury Conservative Party candidate Ian Symington says his party’s plan for families will make life easier for new parents.
In a news release, Symington said the excitement parents feel at the birth of a new child shouldn’t be “overshadowed by an added worry for new parents who must pay for essentials like cribs, car seats and clothes, costs being driven up because of Justin Trudeau.”
The Conservatives have vowed that if elected, they will boost existing leave programs, enhance the Canada Child Benefit and create a national adoption strategy.
“The impending birth of a new baby is such a beautiful time for families and so this new plan to improve existing maternity and parental leave programs will be a welcome enhancement to families and parents,” the candidate and family physician said. “The plan is to help families keep more of their income, so they can prepare for their new family member(s).”
A Conservative government would:
• Improve Canada’s existing maternity and parental leave programs to allow new parents to earn and keep up to $1,000 per month without the government clawing back their maternity or parental leave.
• Provide expecting parents with the Canada Child Benefit starting in the seventh month of pregnancy to help them purchase essentials as they prepare for the arrival of their baby.
• Create a National Adoption Strategy that will include more generous benefits for adoptive parents, including an expanded EI benefit and an increase to the Adoption Expense Tax Credit from $15,000 to $20,000.
By now the people of Sudbury must know that our Conservative plan puts Canadians and their families as a priority. I know Sudburians will appreciate enhanced maternity and parental leave programs”.