It is a sad day to note that our MP, Karen Vecchio voted against pay equity in the House of Commons. On Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Liberals and the NDP voted in solidarity 224 to 92 to pass an amendment for pay equity in Canada. The only party to oppose the vote was the Conservatives, including our MP Karen Vecchio.
This motion called upon the “federal government to close gaps in pay equity in Canada, recognize pay equity as a right, implement the recommendations of a 2004 task force on pay equity in the public service and appoint a special committee that would propose a pay equity regime for Canada.+ (source: ipolitics).
We do have various pay equity models in Canada but they range from various businesses, school boards, and public unions. As the sponsor of the bill, NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson stated “ there are varying political strategies … and that “is why a national framework is needed”. She further stated that “this legislation would affect not only government employees, but also areas of the private sector that are federally regulated such as banks, telecommunications companies and airports”.
It is a shame that Karen voted against this motion under the false protest that this would cost the taxpayers $250,000 but that is misleading and disingenuous.
The sad reality is that pay equity, even after it has been in the public debate for decades, is still is a serious and significant problem. There is no magic or one-stop solution. This is a problem that requires continual provincial-federal dialogue to move progress forward. This bill was a step in the right direction.
And Karen can spin the excuses, but the end result is that she and the entire Conservative caucus voted against the bill to support pay equity.
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