Policy Pulse — Day 29: O’Toole announces supports for grieving parents

Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole and his wife Rebecca wave from the steps of the airplane prior to departing Ottawa on September 10, 2021. Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press.

Welcome to The Hub’s Federal Election 2021 Policy Pulse, where we’ll be tracking all the policy announcements from the major parties, with instant analysis from our crew of experts.

With the election scheduled for Sept. 20, we’ll be monitoring 36 days worth of policy ideas, so watch out each morning for the day’s live blog where we’ll be tracking every announcement as it happens.


Liberal leader Justin Trudeau was in La Prairie, Quebec on Sunday to highlight his party’s plan for a Canada-wide daycare program, which was announced the spring budget at a price of $6 billion. The daycare spots would become available within five years.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole was in Vancouver on Sunday to announce a plan to support parents who have experienced a miscarriage, a stillbirth or the loss of a child. The plan would extend employment insurance benefits to at least eight weeks following the death of a child, provide eight weeks of paid leave from employment in the event of a stillbirth and offer three days of paid bereavement leave after a miscarriage.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh was in Sudbury on Sunday to promise to beef up enforcement at the CRA, pointing to a Parliamentary Budget Office report that calculates the country is missing out on $25 billion per year because many corporations pay taxes in other jurisdictions.

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