"I guess, Madam Speaker, you could consider this a prop considering the fact that it should be put in the garbage. This is the government's bill and if the members do not want me to use it, maybe that is what they think of it."
- Ms. Judy Wasylyica-Leis, NDP Canadian Member of Parliament
(Comment in response to Mr. Leon Benoit's request that it was improper for Ms. Wasylyica-Leis to use the document of the proposed Bill C - 10 in her debate because it was a "prop". Madam Speaker ruled that since the document was actual legislation, it was in order )
Following is an excerpt from the site of Linda Diebel, political columnist for the Toronto Star, which explains the premise of Bill C - 10:
It removes any chance women in the federal civil service have of fighting for pay equity by denying them the right to complain to the Human Rights Commission, or to go to court, when they believe there is discrimination. Instead, pay equity issues are to be solved as part of the regular bargaining process but - get this! - if anyone agitates on the basis of pay equity, they face a $50,000 fine. So the Conservative regime is forbidding a woman from fighting for herself and, simultaneously, penalizing her union from fighting for her.
Once this legislation is passed, a woman working in the federal public service will have fewer rights than women working elsewhere in Canada.
Hey, Judy? You go, girl.