Women Less Than Stimulated by Harper's Economic Update

    OTTAWA, June 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Conservative government's economic
plan fails to provide the infrastructure that women in Canada need to weather
an economic crisis, according to a broad coalition of women's organizations.
    "Yesterday's economic update is just more evidence of how out of touch
the Harper minority government really is with families across Canada -
otherwise we would have heard more about social infrastructure and initiatives
that make a difference for women," said Jody Dallaire of the Child Care
Advocacy Association of Canada, speaking for the Ad Hoc Coalition for Women's
Equality and Human Rights.
    "The reality is that traditional infrastructure projects like bridges and
roads tend to create jobs in male-dominated sectors. There is no part of this
economic update that places women in these non-traditional jobs."
    The update also fails to identify areas of social infrastructure that not
only create jobs for women, but create a stronger social safety net.
Investments in child care and social programs, for example, would get working
families on a better footing to participate in the labour market. Canadian
families are currently facing a massive national child care crisis because the
Conservative government dismantled child care agreements and federal funding
transfers for child care are now drying up.
    "Putting money into a public childcare plan would create thousands of
jobs in a female-dominated sector and ensure that women are not penalized for
bearing children by providing access to the labour market" said Sue Calhoun of
the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs.
    The Conservatives' refusal to implement significant Employment Insurance
reform, at a time when unemployment rates are soaring, means that women who
have lost their jobs in the recession continue to be far less likely than men
to be able to access EI. Two out of three women who pay into EI aren't
eligible to receive it. Nor are most women in a position to qualify for
Conservative tax cuts and incentive measures that claim to stimulate economic
recovery, such as the home renovation credit.
    Furthermore, the Conservatives' recent passage of Bill C-10 has eroded
the right to pay equity for public sector workers. "This will not help women
as they struggle with the economic crisis, on the contrary!" said Aalya Ahmad
of the Ad Hoc Coalition. "We've said it before: this government's track record
shows it deliberately opposes measures to advance the economic equality of
half the population."
                   Visit us online at www.womensequality.ca
             Email us at coalitionforwomensequality@gmail.com

For further information:

For further information: Aalya Ahmad, coordinator, Ad Hoc Coalition for
Women's Equality and Human Rights, (819) 503-6969,

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