SURREY (June 8, 2021) – For a fourth time, BC Liberal Critic for Gender Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion Stephanie Cadieux has had to introduce the Equal Pay Reporting Act to the Legislature — as Premier John Horgan is all talk and no action on delivering equal pay for B.C. women.
“Why am I having to repeatedly bring this bill forward? Why does the NDP continue to stall on this promised legislation?” asked Cadieux. “John Horgan has repeatedly said he wants to put politics behind us and that all good ideas, regardless of which side of the House they come from, would be welcomed. Well, now is the time to act to finally deliver equal pay.”
Cadieux is re-introducing the bill at a time when monthly Labour Force Survey results continue to demonstrate that women have been more directly impacted by pandemic job losses. Young women are especially hard hit, as evidence by a current unemployment rate of 17.6 per cent.
“This bill is more than just a ‘political stunt,’ as the Premier once put it. Let’s finally get serious about working together on gender equity,” said Cadieux. “With one week of the Legislative session remaining, how much longer will John Horgan make women wait for equal pay?”