Five things feminists would like to see in Wednesday’s federal budget
THE CANADIAN PRESS
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made gender equality a priority for his Liberal government, arguing it makes good economic sense.
“We know that when women are included and given the same opportunities as men ... it’s a critical way that we can actually add tremendous growth to our economy,” Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said in a recent interview.
Feminists are hoping the federal budget will show them the money behind this sentiment. Here are five things they would like to see: after aging parents, to help lessen the burden of unpaid labour. the end of next year. Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu, who chairs the House of Commons committee on the status of women, said there are things she would like to see the Liberal government do to start getting ready for that now, such as funding the work needed to examine the positions in the federal government to set a benchmark for where pay would need to increase. “They can do that without legislation and I would argue they should,” she said.
Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, speaks to reporters at a Liberal cabinet retreat in Calgary, Alta., in January. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made gender equality a priority for his Liberal government, arguing it makes good economic sense.