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International Women's Day: Provincial Political Parties on Women's Priorities

2010-03-03

New Brunswick’s four political parties will discuss women’s issues at a public session at the Lions Community Centre in Moncton on March 8, International Women’s Day. David Alward, Leader of the Progressive Conservative, Kelly Lamrock, Cabinet minister in the Liberal government, Roger Duguay, Leader of the New Democratic Party and Jack MacDougall, Leader of the Green Party will be present at the noon-hour panel.
 
“When we asked ourselves what we wanted for International Women’s Day, we decided we wanted to hear political parties speak on the issues surrounding equality. Those issues are not discussed often enough in the Legislature, so we created a forum for those questions to be raised,” said Sister Auréa Cormier of the Common Front for Social Justice.
 
Political Parties on Women’s Priorities, is organized by the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity, the Regroupement féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick, the New Brunswick Child Care Coalition, and the Common Front for Social Justice with assistance from the Advisory Council on the Status of Women and Moncton & District Labour Council.
 
“This event will be a unique opportunity to hear the representatives of our provincial political parties address women’s issues directly”, said Sarah LeBlanc Executive Director of the Regroupement féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick. “Only 10% of the Members of the Legislative Assembly in the province are women but 100% of MLAs are responsible for the status of women.”
 
“Some people say that it is ironic or inappropriate for the political parties to send men to this round table,” said Jody Dallaire of the New Brunswick Child Care Coalition. “The fact that it is an all male panel is a reflection of the sad reality of women’s extreme underrepresentation in elected politics. We wanted the party leaders, or their representatives, because they are the decision makers. Women and women’s issues deserve their attention.”
 
“This is an election year in New Brunswick. Political parties are drafting their platforms,” said Johanne Perron of the Coalition for Pay Equity. “This event will let us hear what the parties think on issues of concern to women. There’s still time to influence the parties to commit more on these issues.”
 
The free event is open to the public. A light lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required through the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women (acswcccf@gnb.ca).
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