Mr. Walter McLean (Waterloo):
Madam Speaker, yesterday the Canadian Human Rights Commission ruled that the federal penitentiary system discriminates against women prisoners by offering them fewer training and rehabilitation programs and no chance of transferring to better facilities or prisons closer to their families and friends. The Commission also revealed that this country's female prison population is provided with only the most basic academic upgrading courses and a vocational training program which consists solely of instruction in hairdressing. Since this House placed the highest value on the equality of rights clause in the constitutional package, I therefore move, seconded by the hon. member for Simcoe North (Mr. Lewis):
That this House reaffirm its commitment to equality of sexes in Canada and direct the Solicitor General to initiate immediately an investigation of the retraining needs and receptivity of female prison inmates in order that appropriate programs can be put in place which will ensure them equal opportunity in the work force upon their release.
Subtopic: HUMAN RIGHTS
Sub-subtopic: RETRAINING NEEDS OF FEMALE PRISON INMATES-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43