Bill C-265, sponsored by the MP for Salaberry-Suroît Claude DeBellefeuille, took another step forward in the House of Commons when the House voted in favour of studying the bill in parliamentary committee, a crucial step in the final adoption of the Bloc’s proposal.
The Émilie Sansfaçon Act aims to extend employment insurance sickness benefits from 15 to 50 weeks. The bill is named after Sansfaçon as a posthumous tribute to the young mother who fought to get benefits extended for sick workers after getting diagnosed with cancer. This fight is also being carried on by Marie-Hélène Dubé, founder of the “15 weeks” campaign which has been calling for such a reform since 2009.
“The Liberal government itself knows that a sick person’s recovery takes an average of 37 weeks. They also know that we can afford an employment insurance program that meets the needs of sick workers,” said DeBellefeuille. “Right now, it just doesn’t make sense to give just 15 weeks of benefits to those fighting a disease like cancer. My colleagues and I want to allow people to receive treatment with dignity.” (RP)