What Linda said
My Star colleague Linda Diebel on "what they're doing to the women in the public service of Canada.''
Once this legislation is passed, a woman working in the federal public service will have fewer rights than women working elsewhere in Canada.
In hearings yesterday in Ottawa, a Treasury Board official wasn't able to show Ottawa that any money would be saved under this new "equitable compensation" plan. But that's not the point anyway. It's about the rights of women to fight what they see injustice and - if they are proven correct - to have the injustice removed.
If the media wrote about any other group of people (you fill in the blank) being denied the right to even appeal to the Canadian Human Rights Commission, I'd like to believe there'd be an uproar in this country. Well, that's what they are doing. Right now. And there's no uproar. How can this be in Canada in 2009? It feels like we are going backwards. It doesn't feel good; it feels scary.