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‘They transformed our lives': for MP Scott Brison, every day is Father's Day


CHEVERIE, NS - Like any proud father, Kings-Hants MP Scott Brison is rarely without an amusing anecdote about his daughters.

The twin girls are now 27 months old and “thriving," says their dad.

"They’re great little readers and they love music,” Brison says.

The Liberal cabinet minister and his husband, Maxime St-Pierre, are the parents of Claire and Rose Brison-St-Pierre.

The couple, who married in 2007, are raising the girls in both official languages.

“Sometimes we have to negotiate which language to use,” Brison says. “Max’s parents are unilingual Francophone.”

Brison says, “it was like a switch went on” when he became a parent.

“I was never that interested in babies, but now I go crazy watching kids. You see so much change in them. They develop so quickly.”

Delineating the personality characteristics of the twins, he notes, “Claire is the assertive one and she wants to please. Rose doesn’t care. She is a bookworm. They’re so good, so well behaved. They’re sweet little girls.”

Like any family, their games become routines and a trail near the family home in Cheverie, Hants County, has been mapped out with animal characters based on a favourite book.

“We’ve been reading to them since the day they were born. We read all the time,” Brison says.

His routine is to wake up early, work and have coffee, go to the gym and wake the girls at 7 a.m. to dress and read a book.

He is called "Daddy," while and St-Pierre is "Papa." They share parenting roles and have the assistance of a caregiver.

Family support means a lot as well. Brison’s niece and sister are very involved, along with St-Pierre’s mother.

“It’s wonderful,” Brison says.

When Parliament is in session, the family primarily lives in Ottawa.

“We travel back and forth. They’re good on planes. But from June 22 until later in September, we’ll be in Cheverie.”

Work/life balance while raising children, he says, “is a challenge that’s not unique to us. I worry about single parents earning minimum wage and working two jobs. How do they balance work and financial pressure? If you talk about a struggle, those are the people…”

Elected seven times, Brison said he's grateful that the federal government has recently boosted the Canada Child Benefit for parents earning under $30,000.

“We’re a lucky family,” he says. “We have jobs and a secure income. A lot of people don’t.”

For Brison, “every day is Father’s Day and every day is Rose and Claire day. They’re the gift. I think all the time how much joy they bring us, how much they transformed our lives and we love them.”

The twin girls are now 27 months old and “thriving," says their dad.

"They’re great little readers and they love music,” Brison says.

The Liberal cabinet minister and his husband, Maxime St-Pierre, are the parents of Claire and Rose Brison-St-Pierre.

The couple, who married in 2007, are raising the girls in both official languages.

“Sometimes we have to negotiate which language to use,” Brison says. “Max’s parents are unilingual Francophone.”

Brison says, “it was like a switch went on” when he became a parent.

“I was never that interested in babies, but now I go crazy watching kids. You see so much change in them. They develop so quickly.”

Delineating the personality characteristics of the twins, he notes, “Claire is the assertive one and she wants to please. Rose doesn’t care. She is a bookworm. They’re so good, so well behaved. They’re sweet little girls.”

Like any family, their games become routines and a trail near the family home in Cheverie, Hants County, has been mapped out with animal characters based on a favourite book.

“We’ve been reading to them since the day they were born. We read all the time,” Brison says.

His routine is to wake up early, work and have coffee, go to the gym and wake the girls at 7 a.m. to dress and read a book.

He is called "Daddy," while and St-Pierre is "Papa." They share parenting roles and have the assistance of a caregiver.

Family support means a lot as well. Brison’s niece and sister are very involved, along with St-Pierre’s mother.

“It’s wonderful,” Brison says.

When Parliament is in session, the family primarily lives in Ottawa.

“We travel back and forth. They’re good on planes. But from June 22 until later in September, we’ll be in Cheverie.”

Work/life balance while raising children, he says, “is a challenge that’s not unique to us. I worry about single parents earning minimum wage and working two jobs. How do they balance work and financial pressure? If you talk about a struggle, those are the people…”

Elected seven times, Brison said he's grateful that the federal government has recently boosted the Canada Child Benefit for parents earning under $30,000.

“We’re a lucky family,” he says. “We have jobs and a secure income. A lot of people don’t.”

For Brison, “every day is Father’s Day and every day is Rose and Claire day. They’re the gift. I think all the time how much joy they bring us, how much they transformed our lives and we love them.”

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