29 April 2011
Dear Premier Alward:
The executives of FAUST (the Faculty Association of the University of St. Thomas) and AUNBT (the Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers) wish to voice their strong opposition to your administration’s decision to cut funding to the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women. This agency was created in 1977 by the Conservative government of Richard Hatfield to provide independent non-partisan advice on issues pertaining to the wellbeing of New Brunswick women. Merging the functions of the NBACSW into the government’s existing Women’s Issues Branch is simply unacceptable, for a government branch such as the WIB is not objective, nor is it free to criticize existing policies and legislation.
As academics, educators and union members, we have already benefited immensely from the research and policy analysis provided by the NBACSW. We contend that if New Brunswick truly wishes to address gender inequality and create a more equitable and progessive province, it must allow arms length agencies like the NBACSW to do their job.
Thus, we join with such organizations as the Canadian Labour Congress, The Federation of New Brunswick Faculty Associations, the New Brunswick Federation of Labour, CUPE National, and many others, who urge you, in the strongest language possible, to reinstate your funding to the NBACSW.
Robin Vose, President of FAUST Jula Hughes, President of AUNBT
For the FAUST Executive For the AUNBT Executive