Rogers wants budget vote time, questions impact of budget on women
NDP St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers had two demands for government today: Let the people of the province know when the vote on the budget will take place, and take the time to consider the particularly devastating impact of Budget 2016 on women.
“People are calling our office, sending us emails, asking when the vote for the Budget will be,” Rogers said in the House of Assembly during Question Period.
“I ask the Premier, in the interest of openness and transparency, will he level with the people of the province and give them advance notice of when he will call the Budget vote?”
Rogers, the NDP critic for the Status of Women, is also deeply concerned that Budget 2016’s drastic cuts will have a particular impact on women. Government is supposed to conduct a gender analysis of all policy, to ensure that policy will not have disproportionately adverse effects on women, who are often already disadvantaged in many ways.
“I ask the Minister of Finance and Status of Women how could she have not done a gender analysis on her Budget? Anyone would know this budget is particularly hard on women,” said Rogers.
She says it is particularly appalling that the gender analysis was not done, given that the finance minister also holds the portfolio of Minister Responsible for the Status of Women.
“Does the Minister even know how her Budget is hurting women?” said the MHA. “Women earn only 66 per cent of what men earn. Where is the minister’s plan to increase women’s earnings and narrow that gap?”