Ottawa

Supreme Court won't hear argument for double parental benefits

An Ottawa couple who was seeking double parental benefits in order to care for their twin girls will not get to argue their case before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Christian Martin and Paula Critchley each wanted to take 35 weeks of parental leave to care for twin daughters

An Ottawa couple who was seeking double parental benefits in order to care for their twin girls will not have the opportunity to argue their case before the Supreme Court of Canada.

The court said it will not hear an appeal from Christian Martin and Paula Critchley, who each wanted to take a full 35 weeks of parental leave after their twin daughters were born in April 2009.

Christian Martin and Paula Critchley will not get to argue their case before the Supreme Court of Canada. (CBC)

The couple had argued that the Employment Insurance Act was inconsistent and violated the couple's right to equality under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The Canada Employment Insurance Commission initially ruled against them on the basis that multiple births and adoptions are treated as a single event for the purposes of employment benefits.

A board of referees overturned that decision and gave them each the 35 weeks they wanted.

That ruling was then overturned by an arbitrator, whose findings were upheld by the Federal Court of Appeal.

The Supreme Court gave no reasons for its decision, as is its practice.