A Petition for a New Law

by on January 25, 2011



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Canadians already have the legal right to breastfeed in public. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms gives all women in Canada this right. However, not many people are aware of this.

An official government petition has been set up to push for a clarification to the law to explicitly protect the rights of women to breastfeed in Quebec. This would bring Québec law more in line with the laws of BC, Ontario and Nova-Scotia. These provinces clearly describe a woman’s right to breastfeed in public in their provincial human rights tribunal guidelines.

The petition is being sponsored by the MNA for Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Carole Poirier, who is also the official opposition spokesperson for family matters. If you’re a resident of the province, you can sign it. All the signatures need to be in by April 25.

Sign the Québec government petition



2 comments

Not from Canada, but fully support your cause. My kids are all grown now, but my bride always nursed them.

It is a shame that in this day and age a mom can’t discretely nurse their child without being hassled. Hope your new law passes!

by Sparrow on January 27, 2011 at 7:58 am. #

Signed! From one formerly nursing and milk donating mama to another awesome mama. :D

by Alison on January 27, 2011 at 9:31 pm. #