June 9, 1989 (34th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Dawn Black

New Democratic Party

Ms. Dawn Black (New Westminster-Burnaby):

Mr. Speaker, in committee yesterday, when I questioned the Minister responsible for the status of women, she said that REAL women, according to anecdotal evidence she had, had misused public funds.
This was in relation to an REAL conference funded by the Government in which the credibility of every female Supreme Court Justice was apparently attacked, simply because they were women; and serious misinformation about child care, about women in the military, and about lesbians and gay men was disseminated.
Since that conference, I have received copies of letters from the Secretary of State (Mr. Weiner) justifying the funding of the conference, stating that the funding was in every way consistent with the Government's equality criteria.
The Secretary of State refuses to acknowledge that working for equality does not mean telling people that children in child care will become partial psychopaths.
I hope he will at least listen to his own status of women Minister-

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