moved for leave to introduce Bill C-335, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (illness or injury).
Mr. Speaker, this bill will extend the allowable period of absence for illness and ensure that a worker cannot be dismissed, suspended, laid off, demoted or disciplined by an employer if the worker misses work due to serious illness for a period of up to 52 weeks. I believe this bill is fair and will protect seriously ill workers while ensuring that businesses remain viable.
This bill, if passed, will make a tremendous difference in the lives of many families right across Canada. I hope it receives the support of all the members.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)