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ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The Liberals are promising that if re-elected they will boost the Canada Child Benefit and make maternity and parental leave benefits tax free.

Leader Justin Trudeau says raising children is expensive, particularly in the first year, and this would help.

Trudeau says the Liberals would increase the Canada Child Benefit by 15 per cent for children under one, which would be an increase of up to $1,000.

The Liberals say they would also remove federal taxes from employment insurance cheques for maternity and parental leave.

The Conservatives have also pledged to make maternity and parental leave tax free, but they would do so through a non-refundable 15 per cent tax credit.

Trudeau says the Liberals would also introduce a new leave for adoptive parents so they get the same benefits as other parents.

The Canadian Press

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