SURREY (September 18, 2021) – After four unsuccessful attempts to get the NDP government to pass equal pay legislation in British Columbia, MLA Stephanie Cadieux, the BC Liberal Critic for Gender Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, is calling on John Horgan this International Equal Pay Day, to finally take action.
“Women were disproportionately impacted by pandemic job losses and the economic downturn. As we look towards an economic recovery, women need to play a key role, and an important part of that is ensuring equal pay,” said Cadieux. “I have introduced the Equal Pay Reporting Act on four separate occasions over the last several years in the Legislature, and John Horgan has failed to bring it up for debate every single time. After promising legislation in the last election, the NDP continue to be all talk and no action when it comes to delivering equal pay for B.C. women.”
If passed, the Equal Pay Reporting Act would require businesses to publicly declare information to encourage companies to improve pay equity and correct this undeniably unfair practice.
“While work needs to be done across all sectors in B.C. to ensure inclusive workplaces, that work should begin here in the Legislature by taking action on equal pay,” concluded Cadieux. “It’s long overdue to move beyond just acknowledging that there’s a problem and for government to take some real steps towards achieving greater equality and opportunity. It’s time for John Horgan and the NDP to step up and stop making women across our province wait for equal pay.”
It has been 1,290 days since MLA Cadieux first tabled equal pay legislation in March of 2018.