An Ottawa couple's legal fight for expanded parental leave benefits to care for their twin girls is headed for the Supreme Court of Canada.
If they win it could give parents who experience multiple births, or adopt more than one child at once, additional benefits under the Employment Insurance program at a potential cost to taxpayers.
The Federal Court of Appeal on Thursday rejected Christian Martin and wife Paula Critchley's appeal of a lower-court ruling to each take a full 35 weeks of parental leave in order to care for twin daughters Lucie and Athena, born in April 2009.
In his reasons for judgment, Federal Court Justice Marc Nadon said an arbitrator's interpretation of the Employment Insurance Act regarding parental leave was correct and the family's claim that their rejection violated equality provisions under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was not valid.
"We lost all our arguments," Martin said in a statement sent to CBC News. "It isn’t a good day for parents of multiples.Read More »from Parents of twins take fight for double parental-leave EI benefits to Supreme Court