Ford froze funding increases to Sexual Assault Centres and dissolved the Roundtable on Violence Against Women
A News Release from Ontario’s New Democratic Party
Posted October 18th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario was not doing enough to end gender-based violence, but the Doug Ford government has cut those efforts even more by dissolving Ontario’s Provincial Roundtable on Violence against Women and refusing to flow funding increases to Sexual Assault Centres promised under the Gender Based Violence plan.
NDP Women’s Issues Critic Suze Morrison says that the Ford Conservatives must do better.
“The Hamilton Sexual Assault Centre has seen a 100 per cent increase in calls to their crisis line over the past three years. Their waitlist for counselling is now seven months long,” said Morrison.
“The 33 per cent funding increase promised to Sexual Assault Centres across Ontario would have enhanced services at existing centres, and expanded programs to underserviced communities. It would have allowed Hamilton’s centre to hire a full-time counsellor to address the increased demand.”
But instead of doing the right thing and supporting survivors of violence, the Ford government has decided not to flow funding. On top of that, Ford has dissolved Ontario’s Provincial Roundtable on Violence Against Women, prompting the resignation of co-chairs Farrah Khan and Pamela Cross.
Morrison put the question directly to the Ford government Thursday at Queen’s Park.
“Will this government honour the Gender Based Violence Plan, release funding that was already promised and immediately re-instate the provincial Roundtable on Ending violence against women?”
No clear answers have been provided by the Ford government.
A Footnote from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –
This is a great day for Ford and his self-described “Government for the People”to make cuts like this to programs for women, not that any day is a good day to make cuts like this.
This day, October 18th, is what is called called ‘Persons Day’ in commemoration of the 89th anniversary – on October 18th, 1929 – when women were first legally recognized as persons in Canadian society.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a statement he issued this October 18th, said that on Persons Day we mark the anniversary of the historic ruling that recognized Canadian women as ‘persons’ under the law and granted them the right to serve as senators.
“Today, we pay tribute to Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Irene Parlby, Louise McKinney, and Henrietta Muir Edwards – the Famous Five – whose fight for equality set Canada on a course toward real democracy,” Trudeau added. “These trailblazers joined forces to challenge the status quo and fight for the recognition of women’s rights. Their victory on October 18, 1929, was a major step forward for equality and opened the door for women to participate in our democracy and our parliamentary institutions.”
“We have made great progress since the Famous Five won their landmark case, but work still remains to ensure that all people, no matter their gender identity, can participate freely and fully in our society.”
I wonder what the trailblazers Trudeau recognized in his statement would think about Ford’s cuts, not that Ford and his Conservative Party colleagues would likely care.
To most Conservatives these days – unlike the “Progressive Conservatives from the Bill Davis years in Ontario – services like the ones being cut here are “soft services” and soft services are for soft people.
So get tough people, and stop counting so much on the ‘nanny state’ to help you work through your troubles.
Drink your troubles away with a one buck beer and move on.
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