Save our Advisory Council | Sauvons notre conseil consultatif

Support from the N.B. Canadian Union of Public Employees/ Soutien du Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique

April 1, 2011

Dear Premier Alward,

I am calling on you today to cancel the announced abolition of funding for the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

I understand the great responsibility you have to govern in a responsible manner, but part of that responsibility is to be an effective steward of all our social programs for the benefit of all New Brunswickers.

This includes ensuring that all parts of our society have equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of our collective community.

Women in New Brunswick face real barriers and the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women is a vehicle to help identify and work towards finding solutions and to take down these gender barriers.

We only need to look at the composition of the Provincial Legislature and ask ourselves why is it that women make up only 14.5% of the members.  Or why is it as a society we need legislated pay equity.

I must be clear that we are not against putting more resources into the Women’s Issues’ branch.  But we feel there is a need for the Council as an independent body that can set its own agenda, determine priorities and positions on women’s issues at an arm’s length from direct government oversight.

CUPE feels that the decision to abolish funding for the Council was regressive and ask that your Government reverse the decision.

Sincerely yours,

Daniel Légère

President CUPE NB

Abolishing the ACSW: Alward needs to change his mind
FREDERICTON: The Canadian Union of Public Employees, New Brunswick Division (CUPE NB), is joining the public outcry and asking the Alward government to change its decision to abolish the Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

“We believe that the decision to do away with the Advisory Council is a way to muzzle women in our province,” said Daniel Légère, President of CUPE NB.

“Over the years, the Advisory Council has cried out against injustices and inequities in this province. The Council has done an exceptional job with scanty resources to make sure that the government can’t forget pay equity, childcare services, the place of women in politics, discrimination and violence, to name only a few of its concerns. The Council plays an essential role, and it has been a source of information and analysis on the status of women in the province for the past 35 years.”

“Abolishing the Council to save a few thousand dollars is inacceptable, and it will silence a strong, independent voice for women in the province.”

“Over the past few years we’ve seen Stephen Harper’s Conservative government try to muzzle advocacy and women’s groups like the NB Coalition for Pay Equity and the NB Child Care Coalition by cutting their funding. David Alward’s Conservatives are going even farther by completely abolishing the Advisory Council.”

“The Conservatives’ election platform talked about transparency and made a commitment to work closely with the Advisory Council. This decision certainly wasn’t transparent.”

“The Premier needs to reverse this budget decision and show that he is really listening to people,” Daniel Légère concluded.

L’abolition du CCCF : Alward doit revenir sur sa décision

FREDERICTON : Le Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique, division du Nouveau-Brunswick (SCFP NB), se joint au front populaire et demande au gouvernement Alward de renverser sa décision d’abolir le Conseil consultatif sur la condition de la femme.

« Nous croyons que la décision d’abolir le Conseil consultatif est une façon de bâillonner  les femmes de cette province », a déclaré Daniel Légère, président du SCFP NB.

« Au fil des ans, le Conseil consultatif a dénoncé les injustices et les inégalités qui existent dans cette province. Le Conseil a fait un travail exceptionnel avec très peu de ressource pour s’assurer que l’équité salariale, les services de garde à l’enfance, la place des femmes en politique, la discrimination et la violence par exemple ne soient relégués aux oubliettes par le gouvernement.  Le Conseil joue un rôle essentiel; il est une source d’information et d’analyse sur la condition de la femme depuis 35 ans dans cette province.»

«L’abolition du Conseil pour sauver à peine quelques milliers de dollars est inacceptable et va priver les femmes de cette province d’une voix forte et indépendante. »

«Au cours des dernières années, nous avons vu le gouvernement conservateur de Stephen Harper tenter de museler les groupes de revendication et de femmes comme la Coalition pour l’équité salariale du N.-B. et la Coalition des services de garde à l’enfance  du N.-B. en coupant leur financement.  Le gouvernement conservateur de David Alward va encore plus loin en abolissant carrément le Conseil consultatif. »

« Dans son programme électoral, le parti conservateur parlait de transparence et s’engageait à travailler étroitement avec le Conseil consultatif. Il n’y a eu aucune transparence dans cette décision. »

« Le Premier ministre se doit de renverser cette décision budgétaire et de montrer qu’il est vraiment à l’écoute des gens », de conclure Daniel Légère.


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