Kelvin Parsons, Opposition Justice Critic and MHA for the District of
Burgeo-Lapoile, says he is extremely concerned and disappointed with the
cutbacks announced earlier this week by the federal government.
this week, the Federal Conservative government unveiled $1 billion in
spending cuts to take place over two years and announced that another $1
billion will be extracted through unspecified management measures over the
same period. Included in these cuts were approximately $5 million for the
Status of Women, and the Court Challenges Program that has provided many
women with easier access to the court system when their rights have been
"Women’s issues and rights in Canada must be protected," said Mr.
Parsons. "Cutbacks to women’s programs do nothing to advance equality rights
in our country. As a former justice minister, I know the importance of
providing women’s groups with stronger representation and programs that help
women access the court system.
"Many women still suffer from abuse and domestic issues in silence. Other
women struggle with uncomfortable situations that result in their rights
being violated. The Status of Women and the Court Challenges Program have
helped women with these struggles to ensure they have access to the court
system when they most need help.
"It is unfortunate that the federal government does not recognize the
role that the Status of Women and women’s programs play in our society. In
light of the $13 billion surplus just announced by Ottawa, I am asking them
to reconsider these cutbacks. They are certainly not necessary and serve no
benefit to women across this country. "