The decision about whether both parents work or one stays home to look after the kids is an intensely personal matter for Canadian families.
Some moms (or dads) just want to be there when their children are young so they don't feel like they're missing out. Some can't fathom stepping away from their careers and balance work with home life. Some scale back to part-time hours or do contract work so they can have the best of both worlds. Whatever they do, it should be a choice - one made in the family's best interests.