Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Human Resources Development.
Let us take a look at how women fare in his employment insurance system. This woman is a waitress in the Lower St. Lawrence region; she is pregnant and under preventive withdrawal from work. She worked enough hours to qualify for regular benefits, but not for maternity leave.
How can the minister defend a system that penalizes pregnant women? Is this not a shameful and scandalous situation that should be changed?