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Re-introduction of Bill S-212: Boards of Modernization Act

27 November 2013 at 20h19

Today, I reintroduced Bill S-212, An Act to Modernize the Composition of the Boards of Directors of Certain Corporations, Financial Institutions and Parent Crown Corporations, and in Particular to Ensure the Balanced Representation of Women and Men on those Boards.  This Bill essentially calls for a minimum requirement of 40 percent for each gender on boards of directors.

Bill S-212 focuses on balanced representation and flexibility.  Not only does the 40 percent requirement apply to both genders, but its application is deferred.  Affected corporations will have three years after the law comes into force to give men and women at least 20 percent of the seats on their boards of directors.  The 40 percent target must be reached six years following the enforcement of the law.    (more…)

The Gender Gap in Politics – University of Ottawa Seminar, November 21, 2013

22 November 2013 at 23h33

 

Yesterday I attended a seminar organized by the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa.  I had the pleasure of speaking with students regarding women’s rights and the gender gap in politics – issues that are extremely important to me.

Equal Voice, an organization dedicated to electing more women to all levels of political office in Canada, reported in March of 2013 that at the federal level only 24.6% or 77 women of 307 Members of Parliament were elected in 2011, and 36.1% of Canada’s Senators are women (38/105).  The same troubling numbers have been reported at the municipal and provincial levels as well.

I encouraged the students to dream big and to never assume that these dreams are out of reach.

 

National Liberal Women’s Caucus

13 June 2013 at 18h33

On June 12, 2013, the National Liberal Women’s Caucus, joined by Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, met to discuss and prepare the women’s agenda for the upcoming Liberal Caucus meeting this summer in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

The Bloomberg Canada Economic Summit, May 21, 2013

24 May 2013 at 00h40

Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette was invited to speak at The Bloomberg Canada Economic Summit on May 21, 2013, which took place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.  The Summit convened government officials, business leaders and industry titans in banking, energy, commodities and technology and examined Canada’s role as a major destination for investment and a supplier of capital around the world.  (more…)

Goodbye Equity: Conservatives eliminate employment equity obligations for federal government contractors

5 June 2012 at 14h25

OTTAWA, June 5th, 2012 – Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette denounces article 602 of the Conservative omnibus budget Bill C-38 which removes a clause in the Employment Equity Act (EEA), requiring contractors to comply with employment equity in the Federal Contractors Program (FCP).

This will have a negative impact on the employment access of women, the disabled, Aboriginals and visible minorities and demonstrates the conservatives’ desire to destroy any progress gained by these groups since Confederation.

“With their majority in the House of Commons and the Senate, the Conservatives have both hands on the wheel, their foot on the gas pedal and the transmission stuck in reverse” said Senator Hervieux-Payette. “We will lose 25 years of economic and social progress. This is a regressive and archaic decision that goes against common sense,” continued the Senator.

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