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International Women's Day: Women in politics and pay equity at the heart of women's issues

2014-03-08

MONCTON – Liberal Leader Brian Gallant, New Democratic Party Leader Dominic Cardy, Green Party Leader David Coon and Progressive Conservative MLA Martine Coulombe were invited to talk about various women’s issues today for International Women’s Day.

 Organized by the Regroupement féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick (RFNB) and the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity, the event was an opportunity to get an overview of each party’s position on various topics such as pay equity and women in politics.

 “We invite all political parties to make concrete efforts and establish clear objectives in order to recruit female candidates and to ensure more women are elected at the Legislative Assembly,” stated the RFNB Chair, Sylvie Morin.

 The situation in New Brunswick is alarming with women representing only 10.9% of MLAs. New Brunswick is the Canadian province with the lowest representation level of women. Women represent over 30% of MLAs in British Colombia, Québec and Yukon while the national average is 25.5%.

 As for pay equity – equal pay for work of equal value - both the Green Party and the New Democratic Party promised legislation for the private sector.

 “Pay equity legislation for the private sector is a priority for the NB Coalition for Pay Equity as 67% of women in the labour market work in this sector without the protection of legislation,” explains the Coalition Chair, Vallie Stearns.

 Almost 125 women and men gathered in Moncton today to celebrate International Women’s Day and engage in a dialogue with political parties on the place they will give to women in their election platforms.

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