Over the next few weeks I'll be talking about what happened after the hoopla. My thoughts on the news coverage, what's happening with the human rights complaint, why people are sending me hate mail for breastfeeding, and more. Check back often.
An official Quebec government petition was created after I was kicked out of a store for breastfeeding. On May 3, it was presented to the Quebec National Assembly (p. 223) by Carole Poirier, provincial MNA for the Parti Québecois in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. The petition had 5696 names including both the online and paper signatures. Not bad!
I’ve already talked about how I think a petition is not the most efficient way to strengthen the law. But I am still happy with any measure that publicizes women’s right to breastfeed in public.
So thank you to all 5696 people who want more protection for breastfeeding women!
Curious about what happens next? Next a National Assembly commission will review the petition and have 15 days to decide whether or not to study the matter. If they do, they might interview interested parties. Then they write a report and submit it to the National Assembly. After that the government has 30 days to respond, in writing. The response will be posted on this page.
You can read about the entire process surrounding how a petition becomes a law on the Quebec government website.