Hon. Patty Hajdu: Mr. Speaker, the member obviously has compassion for women living in violent situations. The leave that is included in this act is intended to address just that. We know that oftentimes one of the prohibiting factors for a women fleeing domestic violence is whether she will be able to take leave and return to the job as she sorts out the details of her life that have to be sorted out when leaving a partner, especially in very urgent situations.
I am proud of the fact that this leave is thoughtfully included in the types of leave that are available to all people experiencing domestic violence, but, generally speaking, women. It is an incredibly important acknowledgement that this government understands that women need that time in order to settle their affairs so they can move forward into either safe spaces or new circumstances and have their jobs protected while arranging their affairs.