At the website of the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL), you can find a “report card” on the Conservative Throne Speech. The final grade is a “D”. Here’s a bit, responding to a report from the UN’s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Committee:
In its recently released Concluding Observations relating to Canada, the UN CEDAW Committee criticizes the Canadian government’s lack of compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, including the Harper government cuts to funding for equality rights research and advocacy and its inaction on issues of violence, poverty, access to justice, and racism faced by Aboriginal and other women. The Throne Speech and the Harper government’s agenda for the 40th Parliament do nothing to respond to these serious concerns, or to promote real equality for women and girls in Canada. In times of fiscal restraint, those who are already disadvantaged are at greatest risk of having their human rights diminished even further. The implementation of ‘cost control measures’ in Ottawa could leave girls and women in jeopardy of a further erosion of their rights. Now, more than ever, women and girls in Canada need the Harper government to meet its commitments under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.