June 1, 1993 (34th Parliament, 3rd Session)

PC

Marcel R. Tremblay (Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister; Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance; Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sport))

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Marcel R. Tremblay (Parliamentary Secretary to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, the question raised by the hon. member for Ottawa West on March 8 this year was about pay equity, and I can assure you that the Minister of National Defence is fully committed to the government's initiatives in this respect.
As an employer, the Canadian Forces apply the principle of equal pay for equal work. This principle is an integral part of the Armed Forces employment policy.
The salary scale for members of the military does not differentiate according to sex. All members of the Canadian forces are paid according to their rank. On the civilian side, salaries and working conditions of employees are negotiated by the unions with Treasury Board, on terms that are comparable to those for similar employment in the private sector.
The Government of Canada has already taken steps to put an end to payroll discrimination. As you know, the responsibility for this program lies with the President of the Treasury Board, while the Canadian Human Rights Commission is responsible for monitoring the program.
I can say with confidence that all heads in the Armed Forces and the Department fully support the pay equity policy. In all Canadian forces units, unit heads have been instructed to set an example and treat all members of their team the same, regardless of sex.
All members of the Canadian forces receive instructions and guidelines emphasizing gender equality. As for one particular case that was mentioned some time ago by the hon. member, the initial decision of the commandant of the National Defence Medical Centre to turn down a request to put up an information booth on pay equity for International Women's Day was ill-considered. The decision was revoked and orders to set up a booth were given immediately. The booth was installed in the foyer of the National Defence Medical Centre on March 8, International Women's Day.

June 1, 1993
Adjournment Debate
In concluding, I would like to thank the hon. member for raising this matter and thus giving us an opportunity to shed some light on the government's policy on pay equity.

Topic:   PROCEEDINGS ON ADJOURNMENT MOTION
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
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