“This is a good first step. Unfortunately, many women are still going to have to wait years before they see some justice in their wages.” — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“Most of the long-term problems with NAFTA that have caused so much grief were not fixed,” says Larry Brown. “We’ll still lose factories to right-to-work states and we’ll still face wage stagnation caused by direct competition with lower wage countries, both the US and Mexico."
“For Canada to be a real leader in gender budgeting, the revenue side of the budget cannot be ignored.” — Diana Gibson, Communications Director for Canadians for Tax Fairness
“If we are going to improve the quality of women’s lives and stop the growing income inequality that exists in this country, we have to ensure that women earn equal pay for equal work.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
Changes in Alberta's tax regime have actually increased taxes on lower-income Albertans, with the province's women hit hardest.
In Canada, there is no policy in place on intimate partner violence or sexual assault, and we do not have a national action plan to address violence against women. This must change.