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1. Equal Pay for Canadian Women

Currently in Canada a woman makes $0.705 for every $1.00 a man makes. This needs to be addressed! We are currently ranked 25th in the world on the gender gap index. Do we want to be known for this?

Steven Harper recently tried to change the Canadian National anthem to be Gender Neutral. This is a lame response to a serious problem. I think it is insulting that Harper has concentrated on such a backward fruitless task. We need to make sure that he does something substantial in its place!

I think it is about time something real was done. The average pay for women in each and every company needs to be on par with the average pay for men of that same company. Also these companies need to be held responsible for this requirement. Any Companies found violating this law should be fined and a portion of the fine paid to each of the effected female employees. Age, ethnicity, and religious background need to be brought into play as well.

As well a regular audit of a company’s payroll should be made to ensure that a company is being compliant. Possibly done once every 2 or 3 years for each company.

For anyone wanting to see articles about this problem I'm including some links below:

http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/02/21/is-this-the-quiet-end-to-pay-equity/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/the-nightmare-gender-gap/article1488609/

http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2010/02/08/HarperWomensRights/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=080210

Feel free to leave additional web based sources in your comments and I’ll do my best to add them when I have time

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