Supreme Court of Canada Allows Discrimination Against Women: NAPE v Newfoundland

On October 24, 2004, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that because of an alleged impending ‘fiscal crisis’, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador had the right to back out of an agreement to correct discriminatory wages for women health care workers.

This amounts to a special tax on Newfoundland women!

NAWL, in collaboration with the Newfoundland Advisory Council on the Status of Women, the Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) and the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) initiated a pan-Canadian campaign to protest. We urged then Prime Minister Paul Martin and Premier Danny Williams to pay back $80 million that is owed to women health care workers.

More than a 100 women’s groups, trade unions and other equality-seeking groups signed on to letters to then Prime Minister Paul Martin and Premier Danny Williams. The letters were delivered on December 10, 2004, the anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.