June 14th, 2018

NDP Calls on Liberals to Remove Barriers to Women’s Economic Justice Now

OTTAWA – The NDP Women’s Equality Critic and Deputy Critic, Sheila Malcolmson and Anne Minh-Thu Quach, urged the Liberal government to adopt deeper measures to end women’s economic insecurity. In response to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women’s report tabled today, the NDP submitted a supplementary report titled "Actions to Improve Women's Economic Security and Remove Barriers to Economic Justice for Women in Canada."

“Almost every witness at committee said the same thing: We must act now to address the economic barriers holding women back,” said Malcolmson. “A key test of Prime Minister Trudeau’s feminist agenda will be whether he immediately implements the NDP’s concrete proposals to ensure that Canadian women do not fall further into precarious work and poverty”

The NDP report outlines recommendations to address the childcare crisis, protect pensions, legislate and fund pay equity, and reform employment insurance.

“The NDP has long fought to end discrimination against women in all its forms. Successive Liberal and Conservative governments have consistently failed to act and have cut social programs, instead of improving them,” added Quach. “We need to act now and remove these barriers for the women of today, and for future generations to come!”
“After more than two years, the Trudeau government’s feminist rhetoric fails to address the systemic issues that contribute to gender inequality,” said Malcolmson. “It’s beyond time to put words into action: women are tired of waiting!”