Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould will go down in history as Canada’s first cabinet minister to give birth in office.
Gould took to Twitter on Friday morning to announce the arrival of her healthy son Oliver. She shared a photo of herself with her son Oliver and husband Alberto from her hospital bed in Burlington, Ontario.
“I will be spending time with my family now, but I look forward to returning to work when I am ready to resume my duties as Canada’s Minister of Democratic Institutions,” Gould said in a statement Friday.
“As we join so many other Canadian parents who juggle the responsibilities of career and family, Alberto and I want to thank everyone for their kind words and support.”
Alberto and I were thrilled to finally meet Oliver! I’m taking some time now with my little guy, but we’ll see you back in Parliament soon! #BurlON #addwomenchangepolitics https://t.co/n9X01zMezc pic.twitter.com/tQfz9Qm0RN
— Karina Gould (@karinagould) March 9, 2018
Gould posted the following messsage on Facebook:
Welcome to the world, Oliver! My husband, Alberto, and I were thrilled to finally meet our son earlier this week. We are grateful to be able to say that everyone is happy and healthy.
I would like to extend a special thank you to the Burlington & Area Midwives – particularly the amazing Lucia, Sarah, Diane and Paige – and the nursing staff at Joseph Brant Hospital for their care and support during my pregnancy and delivery.
I will be spending time with my family now, but I look forward to returning to work when I am ready to resume my duties as Canada’s Minister of Democratic Institutions. The Democratic Institutions portfolio will be in the good hands of Minister Scott Brison, assisted by Parliamentary Secretary Andy Fillmore, while I am on leave. Burlington constituents should continue to contact my MP office for any assistance or services they require.
As we join so many other Canadian parents who juggle the responsibilities of career and family, Alberto and I want to thank everyone for their kind words and support.