OTTAWA—Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould is about to become the first federal cabinet minister in history to take a maternity leave.
Gould is expecting her first child in early March and will go on leave until at least May after the baby is born. Treasury Board President Scott Brison will assume her cabinet duties in her absence.
“I look forward to joining other new parents in the House of Commons who prove each and every day that it is possible to have a career in politics and start a family,” Gould said Friday on Twitter.
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Gould will be in the House of Commons next week before returning to her home in Burlington to await the arrival of her baby, a spokesperson said. She will work from home and stay on as minister until the baby is born, at which time Brison will take …