Kitchener councillor calls for maternity leave clarity
Kitchener Coun. Kelly Galloway-Sealock wants the province to re-examine guidelines for councillors seeking parental leave.
Currently, the Municipal Act states that the office of any councillor becomes vacant if they are absent for more than three months and their leave hasn't been authorized by council. But it doesn't specifically state what the rules are on parental leave.
"It's not about extending the leave," Galloway-Sealock said. "It's really about just adding wording into the municipal act."
Galloway-Sealock is the first Kitchener councillor to be pregnant while in office.
Council will consider the motion Monday at a special meeting.