March 7, 1979

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Some hon. Members:

No.

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PC

Jean Elizabeth Pigott

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Jean E. Pigott (Ottawa-Carleton):

Mr. Speaker, I am surprised that the minister is not here today, that he did not have the courtesy to stay through the debate. The minister touts his great ability and his great concern for women but he cannot even sit through the debate. It is a disgrace.

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Stanley Howard Knowles (N.D.P. House Leader)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

He is having trouble with his gall.

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PC

Jean Elizabeth Pigott

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Pigott:

He is having trouble with some of his members too. It would be very good for the minister if his colleagues on that side would tell him to watch the wonderful story of Agnes MacPhail which is on television tonight. It is a story which could teach him more in an hour than he has learned in his while life, as far as I am concerned.

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An hon. Member:

She was a socialist.

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PC

Jean Elizabeth Pigott

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Pigott:

She was a woman who cared about half the people in this country, the half who are women, and that is more than you care about.

The hon. member for Trinity (Miss Nicholson) mentioned in her speech that she did not receive many comments back about the changes for part-time people under the UIC bill. There are 1,129,000 women who are interested in part-time work. They should be considered a resource, not a penalty, as the government considers them. I just do not think that the government realizes that the stag party is over in politics, government, business and in labour unions. For the first time since womankind came out of the trees, women are now going on the hunt. I would like to salute the United States for their Uncle Sam. He is a traitor to his sex because he has ordered the hunt to be opened to women and that they be given equal opportunity.

The title of the minister's booklet is, "Towards Equality". Where on earth has the minister been? This book was printed with my tax money. The thing which he must remember is that his and her signs are now out in this world. Why has this government been so slow to act? The women's revolution, the

Women's Right to Work

women's movement, has been in force for ten to 15 years in this country.

As I was sitting here today I began to wonder about what the matter is, and I now know what it is. The minister and the Prime Minister (Mr. Trudeau) are afraid of women. It is the only excuse which I can find. They are afraid of women as peers, as colleagues and as equals in running this country.

Perhaps the problem is that, with very exceptions, there have been no role models between men and women in government circles, but we intend to change that. I discovered today watching you people over there that I think your Prime Minister and your Minister of Justice (Mr. Lalonde) think of women as wives, mothers, sweethearts or girlfriends. They do not look at women as co-workers-

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An hon. Member:

Oh, come on!

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PC

Jean Elizabeth Pigott

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Pigott:

-or you would have done a lot more.

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An hon. Member:

To the Chair.

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PC

Jean Elizabeth Pigott

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Pigott:

Pardon, me, Mr. Speaker. Of course, I know the wife of Mr. Speaker and he understands women's revolution. The reason this government has been so slow is that it has been dragging its feet. They are a group of fearful men.

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LIB

Joseph Clifford McIsaac

Liberal

Mr. Mclsaac:

We're scared when you come into the House, Jean.

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PC

Jean Elizabeth Pigott

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Pigott:

We on this side of the House see a monumental opportunity to harness a virtually untapped energy, to put into service in this nation limitless new brain power and a totally fresh perspective. One way or the other women will be in the hunt. They will move into the decision-making areas to manage this country. I hope that the poor Minister of Justice will lose his fear of women. He has nothing to lose but the chains of the past and the limits of his own growth as a human being.

I would like to comment on the motion because there is the tremendous challenge that if the government could set an example for the private sector-

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LIB

John Napier Turner

Liberal

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Turner):

Order, please. It being six o'clock p.m., it is my duty to inform the House that pursuant to Standing Order 58(11) proceedings on the motion have expired.

This House stands adjourned until tomorrow at two o'clock p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 2(1).

At six o'clock the House adjourned, without question put, pursuant to Standing Order.

Thursday, March 8, 1979

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March 7, 1979