By: Kate McInturff | Behind The Numbers:
The Finance Minister got a new pair of shoes. Canadians got a new federal budget. And women in Canada got another haircut.
Budget 2013 is all about Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! And who wouldn’t like a job. Maybe some training. Maybe even a full-time job. With benefits. And a pension plan. Oh go crazy, let’s throw in equal pay.
Not so fast girls! NO JOB FOR YOU!
1. Women and the Extractive Industry
The federal budget’s job creation strategy is largely focused on sectors where women are significantly under-represented: construction, manufacturing, mining. 18.6% of jobs in the mining, quarrying, oil, and gas extraction industries in Canada are held by women. If you are part of the 18.6%, you are still going to take a 20-30% haircut on your wages. Because, oh yes, pay inequity is alive and well in the extractive industry.
“They rarely, if at all, make movies depicting the Taliban or other terrorists killing Canadian or US soldiers in Afghanistan. And yet, they didn’t think twice before making a movie depicting a powerful military man killing two Canadian women on Canadian soil. And sexually abusing other Jane Does.” – Ed
Any Canadian citizen or resident who cares about gender-based violence, equality and women’s rights should condemn “An Officer and a Murderer”. The new TV movie dramatizing the real-life horror of the crimes of the former commander of CFB Trenton, one of Canada’s largest military bases, airs on the U.S. network Lifetime on July 21.