Seven small groups were created to discuss topics related to our CFUW-National Resolutions:
- Pay equity
- Universal daycare and parental leave
- Poverty and homelessness
- Universal Pharmacare
- Climate change
- Election reform
- Indigenous issues
The groups spent 25 minutes discussing their assigned issues, after which one group member delivered a
Everyone was given three tickets which they used to vote to eliminate 3 of the topics from the list of issues.
Universal Daycare and Parental Leave, universal Pharmacare and elections and Electoral Reform were eliminated. The following topics will be recommended to CFUW-National for further discussion with the Federal political parties:
- Environment and Climate Change
- Indigenous Issues
- Poverty and Housing and Homelessness
- Pay Equity and Women in Non-traditional Occupations and Skilled Trades
Summary of Presentations
Pay Equity and Women in Non-traditional Occupations and Skilled Trades
Pay equity underlies everything we discussed this evening. Our society believes that women are worth 30% of what men are worth. If women were equally valued- daycare would not be an issue-poverty would not be an issue. We have a Federal Cabinet that is 50% women but this is not reflected in politics in general or in high-level jobs.
Universal Daycare and Parental Leave
Compared to other countries, Canada has a good parental leave program. Unfortunately, daycare is not so good and Federal intervention and control
Poverty and Housing and Homelessness
1 in 6 people
Provincial variations in
Environment and Climate Change
The UN believes we have 13 years left to make a difference in the environment before it is too late to reverse environmental damage. Examples: Today, due to
Elections and Electoral Reform
We are frequently represented by governments that hold only roughly 30 percent of the majority vote. First Past the Post is in need of reform. Young people are going to begin to believe that their votes do not count. Proportional representation is a CFUW Policy-to better reflect the popular vote.
There is an ongoing need to educate and engage the general public on Indigenous affairs and to encourage Indigenous peoples to thrive in their own communities.
Immigrants are critical to the growth of our Country. We need young people to be workers in the future-as our current population ages. In the future, we will need over 200,000 immigrants annually to meet our workforce needs. Canada is seen globally as an open, accepting country and we have a moral obligation to accept refugees.