Hon. Flora MacDonald (Kingston and the Islands):
Madam Speaker, I rise on a matter of pressing urgency, under the provisions of Standing Order 43. Figures released this week by Statistics Canada show that the average income for women in 1980, the last year for which reports are available, was only half that earned by men. This situation is grossly unfair in a country which recently adopted a Charter of Rights and Freedoms guaranteeing equality for men and women. To ensure that women have equality in fact and not just in theory, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Don Valley West (Mr. Bosley):
That this House urge governments, business and labour unions to recognize that true equality for women will only come about when there is true equality in the workplace, and that immediate steps be taken to redress the inequity that presently exists where the average income of women is only half that of men.
Subtopic: STATUS OF WOMEN
Sub-subtopic: INEQUALITY OF AVERAGE INCOMES-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43