December 10, 2006
OTTAWA – Women’s groups marched at the Supreme Court today to highlight the mean-spirited Conservative cuts to several critical programs, joined by National Women’s Liberal Caucus chair and Newmarket – Aurora MP Belinda Stronach.
“Today marks the 25th anniversary of the ratification of the UN Convention on Discrimination against Women so it’s appropriate that we raise the alarm about the cuts the Conservative government has made to critical programs which help women deal with daily challenges,” said Ms. Stronach.
This government has turned its back on Canadian women and there is a long list of programs on its hit list. When the government removed the word equality from the mandate of Status of Women Canada it spoke volumes about the value it places on women’s rights,” said Ms. Stronach.
The women were protesting the Conservative government’s 40 percent cut to the Status of Women and the elimination of funding to women’s groups who advocate for equality; the cancellation of the Court Challenges Program; and the cancellation of the national child care agreements struck with the provinces.
Among the groups in attendance at the rally were Canadian Council of Aboriginal Women, Canadian Federation of University Women, Alliance des femmes de la francophonie canadienne and the National Association of Women and the Law.