Global Affairs Canada changing policy as gay diplomat wins surrogacy expenses case

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01/13/2024

A gay employee of Global Affairs Canada posted in China, who travelled to the U.S. for the birth of his child through surrogacy, will have those expenses covered after a tribunal ruling. The public service labour board ruled in August it would be discriminatory if Ottawa does not compensate travelling expenses for any diplomat in a same-sex couple attending a surrogacy birth. “The reality is we attract all sorts of different people now, and we have to be more agile at helping people who have all sorts of different family scenarios,” said Hugues Alexandre Moniz. Both sides are now negotiating compensation in a case that has taken years to get to this point. Hugues Alexandre’s son, Oscar, is now eight. He also has a sister, Evelyn, also born through surrogacy. Both live in Hong Kong with their dads.

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