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Tories to open parental benefits to self-employed

BRIAN LAGHI – Globe and Mail Update -September 15, 2008 at 10:29 AM EDT

OTTAWA — A re-elected Harper government would allow self-employed Canadians the opportunity to access maternity and parental benefits enjoyed by others who pay into the EI system.

“Self-employed Canadians – and those who one day hope to be – shouldn’t have to choose to between starting a family and starting a business because of government policy,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Monday morning as the Conservatives kicked off the second day of the election campaign. Self-employed Canadians cannot contribute to the Employment Insurance scheme and, thus, cannot receive maternity benefits that other employees who do pay into the fund can. Keep reading this story here.

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