Open Letter to Minister Rodriguez regarding the Court Challenges Program (CCP)

VIA E-MAIL Hon. Pablo Rodriguez Minister of Canadian Heritage House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 Dear Minister Rodriguez: As you know, prior to the October 2015 federal election, Prime Minister Trudeau promised to restore funding to the Court Challenges Program (CCP). The federal budget of 2016 allocated $5 million annually to the new CCP…

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Braving the Backlash From the Hill

The current Conservative government of Canada insists that all women have full equality in our country, but as women we know this simply is not the case. With the 40% cut to Status of Women Canada, closure of 12 offices, abolition of the Court Challenges Program, and a removal of the word ‘equality’ as an…

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The Broken Promises of Prime Minister Harper

At the end of the January 2006 election campaign, Stephen Harper promised that: “Yes, I’m ready to support women’s human rights and I agree that Canada has more to do to meet its international obligations to women’s equality. If elected, I will take concrete and immediate measures, as recommended by the United Nations, to ensure…

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The Abolition of the Court Challenges Program

Presentation on the abolition of the Court Challenges Program to the 39th Parliament,1st Session, Standing Committee on the Status of Women (FEWO). For the full transcript visit the Edited Evidence website of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women. Prof. Margaret Denike (National Association of Women and the Law): Thank you. I’m sorry, I…

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Letter to Harper on Women’s Funding

NAWL had requested a meeting with Prime Minister Harper but he declined the invitation. This letter reviews the issues raised previously and asks again for a meeting. Dear Prime Minister Harper, A few months ago the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) and several other national women’s groups requested to meet with you…

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