Federal parental-leave program unconstitutional: Quebec court

Quebec wants Ottawa to give money to provinces to set up their own parental- and maternity-leave programs
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 07/14/2004

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he Quebec Court of Appeal has ruled that the federal government’s parental- and maternity-leave program is unconstitutional.

In a Jan. 27 unanimous ruling, the three-judge panel said Ottawa can’t use the Employment Insurance Act to offer benefits for programs that are exclusively a provincial jurisdiction. It said EI’s mandate is to replace wages for people who lose their jobs for economic reasons and “not for the interruption of employment for reasons related to personal conditions” according to a report in the