Mrs. Michelle Dockrill (Bras d'Or—Cape Breton, NDP)
Mr. Speaker, yesterday, 60,000 women and men took to the streets in this capital. Their aim was to demonstrate to the government that women's issues cannot and will not be ignored any longer.
They were demanding an end to poverty and violence against women, and support flooded in from across the country.
Thirteen immediate demands were presented to the Liberal government, such as: the restoration of federal funding to health care and the enforcement of the rules against the privatization of our health care system; an additional 1% of the budget to be spent on social housing; an immediate contribution of $2 billion for the promised national child care fund; the supporting of women's organizing for equality and democracy through a variety of methods; the establishment of a national system of grants based on need, not merit; and the adoption of a proactive pay equity legislation.
We in the NDP wholeheartedly support these demands and will stand in solidarity with Canadian women to force the government to act upon this.
Subtopic: Women's Rights