Baby steps

The official government petition that was started after I was kicked out of a store for breastfeeding in public, is winding its way through various Quebec government offices.

The latest: a parliamentary committee has recommended that the law be changed.

This past Tuesday, there was a meeting of the Committee on Citizen Relations. This is a parliamentary committee of the Quebec government.

Parliamentary committees are work groups composed of provincial MNAs, usually from multiple political parties, who “examine issues within the committee’s particular area of competence”.

I’ve been told that the committee decided to recommend that the law be clarified, and will be sending letters to the ministers of justice, health and family affairs. The letter to the justice minister will recommend a change to the law. The letters to the ministers for health and family affairs will recommend a public awareness campaign to help normalize public breastfeeding.

If you look at the official page on what happens after a petition is submitted, you’ll see that the parliamentary committee “must produce a report and table it in the [Quebec National] Assembly”. After that, the government has 30 days to reply. Otherwise, it will be debated in the Assembly.

That means that any progression is now in the hands of the following people – in case you feel like encouraging them. ;)

Dr Yves Bolduc
Ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux
Édifice Catherine-de-Longpré
1075, chemin Sainte-Foy, 15e étage
Québec (Québec)
G1S 2M1

Téléphone : 418 266-7171
Télécopieur : 418 266-7197
ministre@msss.gouv.qc.ca

Jean-Marc Fournier
Minister of Justice of Québec
Édifice Louis-Philippe-Pigeon
1200, route de l’Église, 9e étage
Québec (Québec) G1V 4M1

Telephone: 418 643-4210
Fax: 418 646-0027
ministre@justice.gouv.qc.ca

Yolande James
Ministre de la Famille
425, rue Saint-Amable, 4e étage
Québec (Québec) G1R 4Z1

Telephone: 418 643-2181
Fax : 418 643-2640
ministre.famille@mfa.gouv.qc.ca