From Gail Taylor (Southwest representative, Board of Directors & Chair, Saint John Regional Committee of the
New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity)
Below is a message sent to Minister Margaret-Ann Blaney yesterday on hearing the shocking news that one of the finest agencies of government will be unaccountably closed down. In copying this to you, I am asking for your urgent attention and re-consideration of the potential damage to women in this province. I anticipate your considered reply.
Dear Minister Blaney:
The Regional Committee of Saint John for the NB Coalition of Pay Equity wishes to register deep distress at the budget announcement of abolition of the NB Advisory Council on the Status of Women. For whatever might be saved in the short term, this is a decision that mitigates against a holistic framework for making economic and social improvements for women in this province. To shut down the one top-notch agency conducting up-to-the-minute research with a gender analysis sadly lacking elsewhere; an agency that provides a digest of interrelated issues relevant to the full social participation of women, on which sound public policy decisions should be made; a body that offers the only coordinated overarching voice for women’s rights — is surely regressive.
We request a meeting with you at your first opportunity in order to discuss this issue, which has grave bearing on New Brunswick women during a time when we most need to be represented publicly. We look forward to your early reply.
Gail Taylor, Southwest representative, Board of Directors
Chair, Saint John Regional CommitteeGail Taylor, Southwest representative, Board of Directors
Chair, Saint John Regional Committee
New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity