A local New Democrat MPP says thanks to the way the system is set up, a debate on her popular private member’s bill likely won’t happen until next April.
London-West’s Peggy Sattler says her bill to provide survivors of sexual and domestic violence with paid leave passed second reading with unanimous support last March, but was killed when the Liberals pro-rogued parliament.
She is reintroducing the bill at Queen’s Park on Tuesday but it likely won’t be debated until next spring.
“The way that the private member’s business works is that every private member, every MPP is entered into a draw and that will be the date that they are given to have a debate on their private member’s bill,” says Sattler.
“My draw date, unfortunately, is not until April 2017.”
Sattler is trying to speed up the timeline by seeing if another MPP is willing to trade dates and also looking at whether the measures can be introduced earlier as part of a review of employment standards legislation which is already underway.
The bill would see survivors of sexual or domestic violence receive up to ten days of paid leave as well as implement mandatory workplace training on domestic and sexual violence.
“It is a bill to provide employees who’ve experience domestic violence or sexual violence with up to ten days of paid leave so that they can go to a doctor, get counselling from the women’s shelter or the sexual assault centre, talk to the police or go to court, in some cases re-locate. It provides leave so that people don’t have to jeopardize their job.”
With files from Natalie Lovie.