An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (expenses incurred by caregivers)
Peter Stoffer NDP
Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)
Introduction and First Reading
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Income Tax Act
June 21st, 2011 / 10:20 a.m.
Peter Stoffer Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-245, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (expenses incurred by caregivers).
Mr. Speaker, I could not help but notice that the Conservatives have adopted some aspects of this bill in their budget. However, in typical fashion, they never go far enough.
This bill would expand the expenses provided for caregivers to allow them to assist and give of their time when they care for someone who is under palliative care or rehabilitation services. It would also allow those individuals time off work to provide that care.
Imagine a child diagnosed with cancer and only six months to live. What are those parents prepared to do? They would take time off work and care for their child during the last six months. If they could not afford to take time off work, they may lose their job, so not only would they suffer the loss of a child but they would suffer financially as well.
We simply do not think people should go through that alone. This bill would provide assistance with some of the costs in caring for an individual in their final stages of life or in severe rehabilitation services.
We hope that this bill and all the others, which are some of the finest pieces of legislation ever to grace the floor of the House of Commons, get passed all bundled together very quickly.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)