Oh baby: Alberta politician brings infant to work, fellow councillor complains

The Canadian Press
March 6, 2012

DRAYTON VALLEY, Alta. - A rural county councillor in Alberta says she will continue bringing her new baby to work despite complaints from a fellow female politician.

Kara Westerlund has been taking her new daughter to Brazeau County council meetings for the past two months.

She says she wasn't aware it was an issue until she read an opinion piece in a local newspaper by councillor Pat Monteith.

Monteith wrote that council chambers have been turned into a nursery and she finds the baby distracting and disruptive.

The five other councillors have voiced their support for Westerlund bringing her baby to work.

Westerlund says she needs to bring the baby to day-long council meetings because she is breastfeeding.