WATCH ABOVE: Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould tells Vassy Kapelos that as the first female cabinet minister expecting a child in office, she is pushing for a maternity leave policy to help other young women who may be seeking political office and wanting to start a family.
Full video interview available here: https://globalnews.ca/video/rd/1130715715676/
“In a few short weeks, Karina Gould is expected to make political history.
Currently well into her second trimester, the 30-year-old MP for Burlington and minister of democratic institutions will become the first member of the federal cabinet to give birth while in office.
The House of Commons still doesn’t have a formal policy in place covering maternity leave, something that Gould said should probably change.
‘For me it’s really important that there are more women in politics. It’s important that we have that diversity of who we are as Canadians, and … it’s kind of novel that I’m pregnant and in politics, and I’d like that to be more normal,’ Gould explained.”