FAFIA's 2007 Federal Budget Overview: Not a Budget for Women

Monday, July 26 2010

Based upon FAFIA's budget de-brief, the following info has been compiled. It has been organized into four categories:

While we have tried to be comprehensive, we have not been able to cover everything. Analyses of changes to the equalization formula, the new Registered Disability Savings Plan, Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) or the announcement of $1.26 billion in infrastructure spending for unspecified Public-Private Partnerships are not yet included in this document.

 

We welcome your comments, contributions and corrections. Please email FAFIA at info@fafia-afai.org or call us at 613-232-9505, x222.

A special thanks to Shelagh Day, Nancy Peckford, Lisa Philipps, Emily King, Kim Brooks, Leilani Farha, and Anu Bose who helped to make this document happen.

GENERAL NOTE

Women in Canada are affected differently than men by tax and spending policies of governments as a result of their varying labour market opportunities, family and community responsibilities, and levels of economic security. This budget demonstrates how little these facts are acknowledged. Some of the measures in this budget continue a trend that was documented in FAFIA's ten year retrospective budget analysis (1995-2004) authored by Armine Yalnizyan. This report can still be accessed at: http://www.fafia-afai.org/en/node/150

FAFIA also recognizes that Quebec has a distinct status in the Canadian federation. Women in Quebec have a strong relationship with the government of Quebec. To recognize the distinct culture of Quebec, it is appropriate for the government of Quebec to play the leading role in designing and delivering social programs and services for residents of Quebec. The federal government can, and should, have a different relationship with Quebec than with other provincial governments. For women living in provinces and territories outside of Quebec, a federal leadership role in social programs and services remains essential.

In addition, it is important that federal transfers and solutions to the fiscal imbalance take into account the special responsibility of the federal government to Aboriginal women whether they live on or off reserves, or on or off Metis or Inuit settlement lands.

FAFIA has compiled a list of quick facts based upon Statistics Canada report, Women in Canada 2005. It is available on our website. CRIAW has also produced several fact sheets on women's poverty available at www.criaw-icref.ca

The Alternative Federal Budget project of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives produces an annual federal budget using the same numbers as the federal government's but with remarkably different results.

  1. See : http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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