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Statement on Equal Pay Day

Posted on April 21, 2015 | No Comments

Letter to Minister Oliver calling for a gender responsive budget

Posted on April 15, 2015 | No Comments

April 15, 2015

The Honourable Joe Oliver, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Finance
140 O’Connor Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0G5

Dear Minister Oliver,

I am writing to you in order to inquire whether you will be tabling a gender responsive budget along with the upcoming budget, and whether you will be tabling the accompanying gender based analysis.

Women currently account for 50.4 percent of the Canadian population. And with the challenges of the current financial climate, it has never been more important to take full advantage of the skills and talents of all Canadians, regardless of gender, and to remove the obstacles, such as lack of child care, that keep Canadian women from realising their full potential.

Organizations such as UN Women, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the European Union have urged countries to undertake gender-sensitive budgets. In fact, as early as 2006, there were nearly 60 gender-budget initiatives undertaken worldwide.

As you are aware, gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) is planning, programming and budgeting that contributes to the progress of gender equality and the fulfillment of women’s rights. Importantly, GRB aims to identify the impacts of revenue-raising policies on women, and needed interventions to address gender gaps.

Despite significant global and national attention to gender equality and women’s empowerment, we are nowhere near achieving equality. According to the World Economic Forum, Canada ranks: 19th among 142 countries regarding the gender gap, 42nd in female parliamentary representation, and a shocking 100th on health and survival.

Moreover, your own government recognized in its submission to the 20-year review on implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action outstanding challenges regarding the pay gap, occupational segregation, violence against women and girls, and the participation of women in key leadership positions in Canadian business. Your government also recognized that poverty remains an issue among Aboriginal women, immigrant women, senior women, and women with disabilities.

Closing the gaps is smart economics. Greater gender equality can enhance productivity, improve outcomes for the next generation, and make institutions more representative.

Thank you for considering my request, and let us work together to address the outstanding gaps.

Yours very truly,

Kirsty Duncan MP, Etobicoke North
Liberal Critic for the Status of Women

Letter to Minister Oliver regarding GBA and income splitting

Posted on April 15, 2015 | No Comments

April 15, 2015

The Honourable Joe Oliver, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Finance
140 O’Connor Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0G5

Dear Minister Oliver,

In 1995, the federal government committed to implement gender-based analysis (GBA) throughout its agencies and departments to coincide with the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995.

Since this time, the federal government has repeated its commitment to implement GBA through several announcements. For example, in 2009, the Government of Canada tabled the Departmental Action Plan on Gender-Based Analysis.  (more…)

Letter to Minister Ambrose regarding response to eating disorder petition

Posted on April 10, 2015 | No Comments

April 9, 2015 The Honourable Rona Ambrose, P.C., M.P. Minister of Health Brooke Claxton Building Tunney’s Pasture Postal Locator: 0906C Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9 Dear Minister […]

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Second Question on Humanitarian Assistance to Syria

Posted on April 7, 2015 | No Comments

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Statement on Tartan Day

Posted on April 2, 2015 | No Comments

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Statement in Remembrance of Max Khan

Posted on April 1, 2015 | No Comments

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Speech on Microbeads

Posted on April 1, 2015 | No Comments

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Letter to Minister Leitch regarding sexual assault at post-secondary institutions

Posted on March 30, 2015 | No Comments

March 30, 2015 The Honourable Kellie Leitch, P.C., M.P. Minister of Labour Place du Portage, Phase II, 11th Floor 165 Hôtel de Ville Street Gatineau, Quebec […]

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Letter to Minister Paradis in Support of Funding for TB REACH

Posted on March 23, 2015 | No Comments

Dear Minister Paradis, I am writing to you to support the renewal of a federal grant to the TB REACH program. As you know, an estimated […]

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