Kissing Babies

It’s federal election time again in Canada. So when the parties call you or knock on your door, you should probably ask then what they think about public breastfeeding.

Because if you don’t ask, they won’t know it’s important. And it is.

And they won’t say anything about it. And they should.

What should happen every time a woman is in the news for being kicked out of a store for breastfeeding in public, is a loud vocal reminder from politicians that they’ve already made a law that prevents discriminating against breastfeeding: a federal law, a provincial law, and yes you can even have a municipal law that protects breastfeeding, though these are rare.

But what actually happens when it comes to politicians…. is very little.

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A Petition for a New Law

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