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Friday, May 13, 2016

May 13, 2016

 

For Immediate Release

 

 

 

Women Will Suffer Disproportionately Under Budget 2016

 

 

 

Tracey Perry, Status of Women Critic for the Official Opposition, said, ”Women will suffer disproportionately from the Ball government’s 2016 Budget, and many who made great gains under our government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy during the past decade will be driven back into poverty, hardship, vulnerability and marginalization.”

 

 

 

Perry questioned Finance Minister Cathy Bennett – who is also responsible for the Women’s Policy Office – in the House of Assembly this week.

 

 

 

Perry said: “It's a sad day for rural Newfoundland and Labrador. Not much support from this government for them. Jenny Wright, the Executive Director of the St. John's Status of Women Council, states that women make up the majority of the province's senior and low-income population. As a result, women will be disproportionally hit by this budget. I ask the Minister Responsible for the province's Women's Policy Office: Was there a gender lens applied to the development of your budget?”

 

 

 

Perry said she was shocked to hear the Minister claim a ‘gender lens was certainly used.’

 

 

 

“If the government really did apply a gender lens to the 2016 Budget, then it must have been fully aware of how hard its measures would hit vulnerable women throughout our province, which makes it all the more shocking that it went ahead and made these hurtful decisions anyway,” said Perry.

 

 

 

“Poverty is not just a label. It is a prison that keeps women from pursuing opportunities to improve their lives, it denies opportunities to their children, it keeps many in situations of violence and it denies our province the benefits of their full participation in our society. I cannot believe that, after leading the country in poverty reduction, the province is losing ground under a new Liberal government that does not care about the impoverishment of women or its impact on our society.”

 

 

 

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Media Contact:

 

Heather MacLean,

 

Director of Communications,

 

Office of the Official Opposition,

 

(709) 729 6105,

 

heathermaclean@gov.nl.ca

 

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