Politics

Conservatives pledge help for adoptive parents

The Conservatives are promising new measures to help parents who adopt. If elected, the Conservatives would introduce 15 weeks of Employment Insurance (EI) adoption leave benefits for those who adopt a child under the age of 18, and increase the adoption expense tax credit to $20,000.

Proposed measures include EI adoption leave benefits and increased adoption expense credit

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is promising to bring in new measures to help adoptive parents. (CBC)

The Conservatives are promising new measures to help parents who adopt.

If elected, the Conservatives would introduce 15 weeks of Employment Insurance adoption leave benefits for those who adopt a child under the age of 18. The party says it also would increase the adoption expense tax credit to $20,000.

The credit would be refundable.

According to the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO), the cost of the proposed EI measures would be between $12 million and $16 million a year, but it would have a marginal impact on the federal treasury because it would be paid for through employer and employee premiums.

Since the Adoption Expense Tax Credit amount can already be split between spouses and common-law partners, the PBO assumes the full amount of the credit is currently being claimed, so there "would be little impact to making the credit refundable."

Ontario Conservative candidate David Sweet is making the announcement today in a Facebook live event, a day before the Conservatives are set to release their full platform in Vancouver.

The Conservatives say the maximum sum of tax savings a Canadian adoptive family is eligible for in 2020 is $2,482. They say that under their plan, the same family would receive $3,000, an increase of $518.

The tax credit would continue to be indexed.

The Liberals also have promised help for adoptive parents through a new 15-week leave that would give them the same benefits as those who have children through natural births. According to the Liberals, that would mean an extra $7,000 for the average family claiming the new adoptive leave.

Liberal candidate Carolyn Bennett today tweeted out a 2005 video of a speech Scheer delivered in the House of Commons about same-sex marriage. In it, Scheer quoted academic Margaret Somerville — who had spoken against same-sex marriage before the justice committee — as she cited the views of "those who believe that children need, and have a right to, both a mother and a father, preferably their own biological parents ..."

"Scheer thinks same-sex marriage is 'radical.' We knew that. But he also thinks couples who adopt or don't have kids are somehow less-than," Bennett tweeted. "He said kids should be preferably 'biological' and marriage is 'inherently procreative.' Even if his views have changed, he must apologize."

Bennett said Scheer's words are hurtful to married couples who struggle to have a family and to children who were adopted.

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