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Progress report on the liberal government's commitments to gender equality

2017-10-18

Moncton – Less than one year before the next provincial elections, the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity and the Regroupement féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick presented a progress report on the promises made in the 2014 Liberal Party's platform on gender equality.

The progress report highlights gaps in several areas such as pay equity, gender-based analysis, women's participation in decision-making positions and in politics, funding for an independent advisory body on women’s issues as well as access to abortion.

 "We have seen significant progress in the implementation of the Liberal’s election promises, but there is still more to be done to complete the implementation," says Frances LeBlanc, Chair of the Coalition for Pay Equity.

Ms. LeBlanc notes that the implementation of the Pay Equity Act, 2009 throughout the public service is well underway and similar steps must be made to ensure pay equity in the private sector.

"The Liberal Party promised it would require pay equity plans from organizations with more than 50 employees they do business with through procurement or financing programs. Until now, no regulations have been announced to fulfill this promise, but we find that it is really important," says Frances LeBlanc.

 In addition, the RFNB would like to see more transparency for gender-based policy analysis. "The current government has revealed its gender-based analysis tool as part of the decision-making process. However, we as communities must go further in order to ensure transparency in the use of the tool that will ensure the implementation of real equality policies in all economic, social and political activities, "says Lyne Chantal Boudreau, vice-chair of the RFNB.

The Coalition for Pay Equity and the RFNB invite the Minister responsible for Women's Equality, Hon. Brian Gallant, to give an updated report on his government's progress as part of an International Women's Day event that will be jointly organized by both organizations.

"The government's gender equality agenda is bringing about significant changes. So, we want it to be fully implemented before the end of this government's mandate - nothing less. After all, gender equality is a social issue. " concludes Lyne Chantal Boudreau.

The progress report is available here.

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