Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Karina Gould Becomes First Federal Cabinet Minister to Give Birth

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Karina Gould Becomes First Federal Cabinet Minister to Give Birth

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Gould makes history with birth of son

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OTTAWA - Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould has made history -- twice over -- with the birth of a baby boy this week.

She's the first woman to give birth while holding a federal cabinet post.

And she's the first federal minister to take maternity leave.

"My husband, Alberto, and I were thrilled to finally meet our son, Oliver, earlier this week," Gould said in a statement Friday.

"We are grateful to be able to say that everyone is happy and healthy."

There is no provision for members of Parliament to take maternity leave, but MPs can make arrangements with their party leadership to take time off, beyond the 21 days of paid medical leave accorded each MP.

Gould is expected to be off the job until at least May.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has handed temporary responsibility for Gould's portfolio to Treasury Board President Scott Brison. …

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