Second child arrives for Burlington MP


Published January 25, 2024 at 2:29 pm

MP Burlington Ottawa politician Gould
Karina Gould (photo from X)

A Burlington MP has embarked on an extra special set of duties.

Karina Gould, a Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of Burlington and government House leader in Ottawa, has given birth to her second child. Baby Taya was born at Joseph Brant Hospital today (Jan. 25).

Gould has been on maternity leave for the past two weeks awaiting Taya’s arrival.

“We are overjoyed to introduce the newest member of our family. I am grateful to say that we are happy and healthy,” Gould wrote on her social media channels. Thank you to the Burlington & Area Midwives and the nursing team at the maternal and child health unit at Joseph Brant Hospital.”

In 2018, Gould became the first Federal cabinet minister to give birth while in office. Her son, Oliver, now has a baby sister.

Gould has said she expects a reduced workload from the House of Commons for the next several months during her leave but still intends to keep up with the House of Commons through a hybrid Parliament that will allow her to vote and conduct other government business.

I will continue my MP work remotely, voting and participating in caucus and cabinet meetings, though on a reduced schedule,” Gould wrote on X (formerly Twitter) on Monday (Jan. 8) the day her leave began.

While it will be difficult to pry Gould away from her government duties, she admits this time, with her second child, she intends to take more time off to be a mom.

During the birth of her son, Gould took just a nine-week break. This time she intends to remain on leave until the end of July.




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