Moncton (September 11, 2020) – The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on all of us. Studies show that the pandemic has been harder on women than on men.
The Liberal Party is committed to ensuring that New Brunswick women can fully participate in our province’s economic recovery. “A cabinet committee will be established to develop and implement policies that address the unique challenges women face during the pandemic and beyond,” said Liberal Leader Kevin Vickers.
However, the Liberal Party recognizes that creating a committee specific to the needs of women is not enough. It is also important to ensure women are represented at all decision-making tables.
“Blaine Higgs stalled the considerable momentum we had getting gender parity on our government’s agencies, boards and commissions. The people around the table should reflect the society they represent. Not only is this the right thing to do, it will also help us grow our economy and make fairer decisions. Having more women involved make us more innovative and productive,” explained Kevin Vickers. A Liberal government will ensure gender, language and regional representation on our agencies, boards and commissions.
In addition, we cannot overlook the fact that some employment sectors with high female representation, such as long-term care and home care, have traditionally disadvantaged women. The Liberal Party recognizes the contribution of women in this sector and will ensure that pay equity is implemented for employees providing provincially funded long-term care services.
“The Liberal Party has a solid plan to bring hope and opportunity to New Brunswickers in every corner of this great province,” said Kevin Vickers.