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Speech from the Throne

CFUW Response
  
Wednesday’s highly anticipated Speech from the Throne opened the second session of Canada’s 43rd Parliament. The Throne Speech introduced the Government’s plan for “A Stronger and More Resilient Canada” as we recover from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read the full speech.

The Speech laid out an ambitious framework for the Government’s approach to building back better in the face of the pandemic. CFUW welcomes commitments to a feminist response to the crisis and recovery, since we know that women have been hit hardest by this pandemic. While the Throne Speech made many bold and commendable promises, we must continue our advocacy to ensure these promises are kept.

A number of CFUW priorities were addressed in the Throne Speech, below are just a few. Let’s hold the Government accountable in fulfilling them.

The Government promised a “significant” investment to create a Canada-wide early learning and childcare system – acknowledging the urgent need for “more accessible, affordable, inclusive, and high-quality childcare,”. Swift action on the Calls for Justice in response to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission were emphasized. The Government pledged that mitigating climate change would be foundational to creating jobs, reinvigorating Canada’s resource economy, and reducing the impact of climate-related disasters. Establishing new, national standards for long-term care homes to ensure that elders are safe, respected, and treated with dignity was highlighted.

Now is an important time for CFUW Clubs across Canada to advocate for our beliefs and to make sure these promises translate into meaningful policy change. In order to make Canada’s recovery from the pandemic truly “feminist”, we must continue to put pressure on all levels of government to follow through on their commitments – commitments from nearly 50 years ago after the Royal Commission on the Status of Women, commitments from the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action, and their new commitments from the Throne Speech.

This fall is a crucial time to make women’s voices heard. CFUW National is releasing the Fall Advocacy Package in October with information and action plans for our newly-adopted 2020 policies. Let’s lobby CFUW policy at our local MPP/MLAs offices, write letters to Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament, sign petitions from partner organizations, write Op-Eds in our local newspapers, and/or share news about issues we care about. Let’s demonstrate the Power of Women Working Together.
 
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