New Democrats outline plan to advance women’s equality: We will reverse women’s rights setbacks imposed by Stephen Harper

Joined by women candidates, NDP Leader Jack Layton today laid out his plan to advance equality for Canadian women.

Mr. Layton said that his plan reverses years of setbacks for women imposed by Stephen Harper.

“Under Stephen Harper, Canada is going in the wrong direction for women,” said Layton. “He’s cut funding for women’s advocacy. His caucus and party are still divided over a woman’s right to choose. He’s attacked pay equity. And by scrapping the long-form census, Canadians no longer have a clear picture of the state of women’s equality.”

“Canadian women are working harder and harder to balance work and home, but they still make only 70 cents on every dollar earned by men,” said Layton. “That’s not good enough.”

Layton’s plan to promote women’s equality includes: reversing Harper’s attack on pay equity, improving EI benefits for parental leave, expanding access to shelters and transition houses, and restoring cuts to women’s programs and organizations.

Charlie Angus said he is proud that 40 per cent of NDP candidates in this election are women.

“On May 2 I am asking women in Quebec and throughout Canada to join together to mark your ballot for equality. On May 2, when Canadians walk into the ballot box, I am calling on them to ask this question: Who do you trust to deliver results for you and your family?”