Niki Ashton MP Report: Let’s move on pay equity

It is time for federal government to act quickly and introduce proactive pay equity legislation to ensure fair treatment for Canadian women.

That is the clear message after the tabling of the Special Committee on Pay Equity in the House of Commons. The committee was struck in February after the NDP won the government’s support on this important issue.

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We are glad that the committee acknowledges that pay equity is a human right, and that there is need for proactive pay equity legislation.

However, we are disappointed that the committee does not recognize the urgency of the matter and has instead recommended extending the time frame for the government to bring in much-needed legislation.

It has now been 12 years since the Pay Equity Task Force submitted its report to the government and 11 years since the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women recommended that the government implement the report in its entirety, calling for proactive pay equity legislation by Oct. 31, 2005.

Allowing the status quo unnecessarily for another year and a half is to actively deny justice to women who have already been waiting for far too long. Pay equity is a human right and Canadian women should not be made to wait any longer to see their human rights realized.

We are calling on the Liberal government to act swiftly and introduce proactive pay equity legislation before the end of 2016.

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