Five things fem­i­nists would like to see in Wed­nes­day’s fed­eral bud­get

The Niagara Falls Review - - NATIONAL -

JOANNA SMITH

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.

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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.

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