OTTAWA — Christine Moore’s daughter Daphnee is such a fixture in the House of Commons, the NDP MP describes her baby as her “partner in crime.”
At just six months old, Daphnee is routinely at Moore’s side, including when she is in the legislative chamber — making the Quebec politician an expert on the life-work balance on Parliament Hill.
While there has been a lot of chatter about how to make the Hill more family-friendly, Moore says she doesn’t believe there’s any perfect solution.
She doesn’t think a proposal to cancel question period on Fridays will make a significant difference to many members of Parliament.
For now, Moore is trying to make her juggling act work despite its challenges.
Speaking on International Women’s Day, government House leader Dominic LeBlanc says modernizing Commons rules is important to encourage parents with young children to run for public office.
LeBlanc says he will be encouraging his colleagues in other parties and MPs on the Commons procedure committee to allow Parliament to express itself on the issue.