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Canada election: Former Liberal MP voting Conservative, Tories vow better bereavement benefits

CA, 13 Sep 2021
With one week left of campaigning, leaders of Canada's three main federal parties fanned out across the country making one final push to shore up support ahead of election day.

But in an interview with The West Block, former Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes says she will be voting for the Conservatives for the first time in her life. Caesar-Chavannes left Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's caucus in 2019, a month after Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned her cabinet position amid the SNC-Lavalin affair.

She says that she was "heartbroken because we keep continuing to reward bad behavior from a prime minister," as Trudeau continues to claim he is still a feminist. Abigail Bimman looks at what else drove the former Liberal's decision, and Trudeau's reaction.

Meanwhile, on the Conservative campaign trail in Vancouver, Leader Erin O'Toole announced new commitments to improve bereavement benefits for parents who lose a child. If elected, the party says it plans to extend parental leave benefits by eight weeks in the event of a death of a child, create a new bereavement leave of up to eight weeks, and provide three days paid leave for those who experience a miscarriage. As David Akin reports, it's also part of a broader effort to appeal to female voters.

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