March 8th, 2010, 11:23 AM
"Happy" International Women's Day? What's to be happy about when we live in a country where women earn $0.72 to a man's dollar? When we live in a country that ranks lower than Somalia in the representation of women in parliament? Where the poverty rate for Aboriginal women is 36 %; for women of colour 29 % for women with disabilities 23 %, for single women over 65 it is 17 %. Where Women's Day is a national holiday in Afghanistan but in Canada, in it's first budget this government KO'd the Status of Women and cut funding to women's organizations and in it's 2009 budget virtually eliminated pay equity for women in the federal public service. Me? Not happy. Canada is a Harpocracy.