National Council of Women Responds to March 19, 2007 Federal Budget

Monday, July 26 2010

For all of Finance Minister Flaherty's rhetoric about "hard-working families," lower income hard-working families once again fell under the Conservative radar in a budget which is geared to the middle and upper-middle classes.

 

For all of Finance Minister Flaherty's rhetoric about "hard-working families," lower income hard-working families once again fell under the Conservative radar in a budget which is geared to the middle and upper-middle classes.

This budget fails those many Canadian families raising their children on less than $30,000 a year; worse than that, it gives them no hope.

No hope and no child care!

The budget states: "Many older Canadians want to continue working and saving" Clearly the government does not understand that the word is "need" not "want." The majority of those "older" Canadians working minimum wage jobs are women who "need" to work because the pensions (OAS and CPP) are woefully inadequate.

This budget fails to provide funding for the type of specific Aboriginal initiatives that provide programs for Aboriginal women and children. What good is job training if there are no jobs?

No change to eligibility rules for Employment Insurance means that the government continues to amass huge surpluses in their coffers, while:

The dismantling by this government of Status of Women Canada is of grave concern to women in this country.

While the government has allotted more money to the program - $20 million over the next two years - this includes the 5 million budget reduction that was later reallocated - the money cannot be accessed for research or advocacy purposes, but is now accessible to for-profit corporations.

Qualifying projects appear to have been reduced to service delivery. How can we address systemic inequalities for women when no provisions are made for research to determine the root causes and for advocacy to make the changes that would eliminate the need for "service delivery programs"?

Once again, this government fails to deliver to those who need help the most: women, children, seniors and Aboriginals. Predictably, it gives more to those who already have more.

The National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC) is a non-sectarian, non-partisan federation of voluntary organizations, whose goal is to improve the quality of life for women, and society, through education and advocacy. NCWC was founded in 1893 and has played a leading role in many of the milestones reached in Canadian social history. Responding to a variety of interests embraced by its affiliates, NCWC has often been a leader in presenting developing issues to the government. From women's equality to children's rights, public health reforms to inner-city playgrounds, consumer protection to citizenship work, the concerns of NCWC have been wide ranging and its influence far reaching. For more information, consult our web site at www.ncwc.ca. As an NGO, we hold Consultative Status (II) with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
 

 

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