Gatineau, April 4, 2017—Yesterday, MP Greg Fergus, together with MP Linda Lapointe, Vice-chair of the Women’s Caucus, hosted “Equality Matters”, a town hall on the status of women in Canada. Several issues related to the status of women were highlighted.
The meeting began with a brief overview of the evening’s objective and a description of government initiatives to address challenges faced by women. This was followed by a discussion period with many interesting exchanges.
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms clearly protects gender equality. Despite many government initiatives to ensure that women enjoy greater prosperity, women still face barriers related to gender inequality. Women who are disabled, Aboriginal, seniors, or members of visible minorities are most affected.
Budget 2016 included many measures focused on reducing the wage gap between men and women in order to foster increased participation in the labour market by women and to help fight poverty and violence.
This year’s budget contains other measures, including affordable and quality childcare spaces, employment insurance maternity benefits, and more flexible work arrangements, to name just a few. There is definitely a lot work yet to be done, but with these kinds of measures and by working together, we will succeed.
This town hall gave the constituents of Hull-Aylmer another opportunity to voice their views and opinions. Participants proposed a number of possible solutions to some of the issues that Canadian women still face.