Ka-BLOG Day 5: Harper shuts 12/16 Status of Women Canada offices
And here it comes: Tories close most Status of Women offices
The Conservative government has stunned women's advocates with a decision to close three-quarters of the regional offices of Status of Women Canada.Bev Oda: What have you got to say for your sorry self?!
Cabinet minister Bev Oda says 12 of the 16 offices will be shut by April 1.
Oda says the regional offices do little to serve women directly and money can be better spent by streamlining services.Minna (Liberal) & Mathyssen (NDP) react:
Liberal MP Maria Minna calls the move "reprehensible." She says women still have a long way to go to reach equality with men and the government should be doing more, not less.My first reaction? "Unbelievable." Reality: this was utterly predictable. Remember to check-in with Statusreport.ca: Pam and Audra launched this site after the cuts were first announced. Statusreport.ca is dedicated to preserving Status of Women Canada--against all odds, it would seem. Go now!
New Democrat MP Irene Mathyssen says the decision shows the Tories have no commitment to promoting women's equality.
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