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Countries are finally having to confront the idea of giving politicians parental leave

Cassie Werber
Countries are finally having to confront the idea of giving politicians parental leave

How do politicians across the world manage when they are raising families at the same time as serving in elected office? Norms created when male politicians simply ceded caregiving responsibilities to their female partners, or when women finished childbearing before pursuing their political ambitions (or instead of doing so) are increasingly proving to be outmoded—which is why Canada’s House of Commons passed a motion this week allowing lawmakers who have a new baby at home to take time off. The Canadian program allows pregnant members of parliament to take leave starting four weeks before their due date, and to be away from the House for up to 12 months after the child arrives, with the understanding that they’ll continue to attend to local duties, CTV News reports.