Statement made on 08 March 2011 by Senator Rose-Marie Losier-Cool (retired)
Hon. Rose-Marie Losier-Cool:
Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. As we now know, the next federal budget will be tabled on March 22. This budget will affect all the people of Canada, half of whom are women and girls.
The best way to ensure that the budget fully takes into account the needs of the female half of the population is to conduct a gender-based analysis of the impact of the budget and each of its key components. We know that this type of analysis is done in many countries at different levels of government.
Relevant policies and procedures must then be changed or implemented based on the results of this analysis so as to create a positively impact for women and girls.
Can the leader tell us whether the federal government — the Harper government — has conducted or intends to conduct, before March 22, a gender-based analysis of the budget and its key components?
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