chapter  7
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The personal is economic: unearthing the rhetoric of choice in the Canadian maternity and parental leave benefit debates

ByGILLIAN CALDER

In January 2004 the Québec Court of Appeal rendered its decision in Canada (Procureur général) c Québec (Procureur général).1 The court had been asked by the government of Québec to decide the constitutionality of the federal government of Canada’s maternity and parental leave benefits, a regime delivered through the (un)employment insurance system2 in Canada since 1971.3 In a matter that would ultimately be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada,4 the Québec Court of Appeal firmly anchored its decision in the rhetoric of choice.