Women faring poorly under Liberal Government, says Rogers
The NDP Critic for the Status of Women says government is failing the women of the province by refusing to take seriously their many equality concerns. St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers says the most recent example is the debate surrounding the Liberals’ flagship legislation to create an independent commission to oversee appointments to government agencies, boards, and commissions.
Government has an official policy of improving the status of women, Rogers points out; the Women’s Policy Office is tasked with ensuring “that the impact on women of all legislation, policies and programs is brought to the attention of the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women,” among other things.
The Minister Responsible for the Status of Women is also the Finance Minister.
“Mr. Speaker I ask the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, did she ask the Women’s Policy Office to analyze and apply a gender lens to Bill One: An Act to Establish an Independent Appointments Commission?” Rogers asked in the House of Assembly today.
“I ask the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women to explain the failure of Bill One to enshrine gender, diversity and regionalization representation.”
Rogers has asked the Minister twice whether she applied a gender lens to her Budget to ensure it did not hurt women. “And I asked her to table the finding. She has not,” the MHA said. She continues to request that the Minister tender the budget gender analysis in the House.