Mother’s Day Message to Parliament 2006

On Mother's Day, we celebrate our mothers and all they have done for us. Yet in all our communities everywhere in Canada, mothers are struggling to make ends meet, to do well by their children and their families.

Women must work hard to bring about a world where their children will not have to fear sexual violence, racism, poverty, discrimination and exclusion. Mothers do this in a society that has not adapted itself to the reality of motherhood in the 21st century or delivered its promise of equality for all women.

While more fathers have been getting involved, women still do the lion’s share of the work of caring for children and the home. Most mothers do a double day’s work and pay a disproportionate price for raising children. Motherhood often leads to impoverishment for women, to overwork, exhaustion and guilt. All mothers should freely choose to give life. All children should be wanted children. No mother should have to interrupt a pregnancy because she is too poor or because she lacks social or economic support.

Childbirth is one of the most expensive times in a woman’s life, yet that is when she has the least capacity to earn a living. Mothers should be respected and supported. They need more government support and better income replacement, so they are not forced to depend on other family members for basic income security. Women with children must remain strong and autonomous and never be forced by economic necessity to remain with an abusive partner.

For Mothers Day 2006, we the undersigned request that:

  • Federal funding for safe, quality, flexible, inclusive and universally accessible childcare services be maintained and expanded.

  • Each mother of a child under six receive in full the promised amount of $1,200 per child, in the form of a tax credit.

  • No Province be allowed to claw-back Child Tax Benefit because a child’s family is on social assistance.

  • Maternity and parental benefits be improved, so that women across Canada receive at least as much as they would under Québec’s more generous system.

  • Federal pay equity legislation be adopted, as recommended by the Pay Equity Task Force Report in May 2004.

  • Workplace policies be improved to meet the needs of casual, part-time and contract workers and to allow for flexibility to accommodate the needs of children.

We want real equality for mothers, now!

Organization Endorsements (May 10, 20067:30am)

  • Action Ontarienne Contre la Violence Faite aux Femmes

  • Alberta New Democrats, Calgary Women’s Caucus

  • Alliance des Femmes Immigrantes Francophones

  • Association d’entraide Le Chaînon

  • Au bas de l'échelle

  • B.C. Federation of Labour

  • Bathurst District Labour Council

  • Calacs Région Côte-Nord

  • Calgary and District Labour Council

  • Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies

  • Canadian Auto Workers Local 199 Women’s Committee

  • Canadian Auto Workers Union

  • Canadian Council of Muslim Women

  • Canadian Federation of Students

  • Canadian Labour Congress

  • Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union

  • Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW)

  • Canadian Union of Public Employees

  • Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario

  • Canadian Women’s Health Network

  • Caribbean Women Network of Canada

  • Carrefour des femmes d’Anjou

  • Centre d’aide et de lutte aux les agressions a caractère sexuel de Rouyn-Noranda

  • Centre d’aide et de lutte contre les agressions sexuel (CALACS) Chaudière-Appalaches Inc.

  • Centre d’éducation et d’action des femmes

  • Centre de femmes dans Côte-des-Neiges Montréal

  • Centre de femmes l’Éclaircie

  • Centre de femmes l’Érige

  • Centre de formation sociale Marie-Gérin Lajoie

  • Centre des femmes du Plateau Mont-Royal (Montréal)

  • Centre for Feminist Research, YorkUniversity

  • Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la biologie, la santé, la société et l’environnement

  • Centre ressources pour femmes de Beauport

  • Centre Victoria pour femmes de Sudbury

  • Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC)

  • Child Care Coalition of Manitoba

  • City of All Women Initiatives

  • Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

  • Coalition for Pay Equity (N-B)

  • Collectif de Sept-Îles pour la santé des femmes

  • Comité Chrétien pour les Droits Humains en Amérique Latine

  • Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada

  • Conseil d’intervention pour l’accès des femmes du travail

  • CUPE Local 2204 – Child Care Workers of Eastern Ontario

  • CUPE Local 82

  • CUPE Ontario Women's Committee

  • Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

  • Equal Pay Coalition of Ontario

  • Fédération des associations de familles monoparentales et recomposées du Québec

  • Feminist Alliance for International Action

  • Feminist Coalition of Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Femmes et production industrielle

  • Gender Equality Incorporated

  • Hamilton and District Labour Council

  • (Women’s Committee and Executive Council)

  • International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (Lodge 99)

  • International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Canada

  • Kamloops and District Labour Council

  • La Fédération de ressources d'hébergement pour femmes violentées et en difficulté du Québec

  • L'Ombre-Elle de Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts (Québec)

  • La Table de concertation des groupes de femmes du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean

  • La Maison des femmes de Rimouski

  • Maison des femmes des Bois-Francs

  • Manitoba Federation of Labour

  • Match International


  • Mouvement ontarien des femmes immigrantes francophones

  • Multicultural Women’s Organization of Newfoundland and Labrador

  • National Association of Women and the Law

  • National Council of Women of Canada

  • National Organization of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women of Canada

  • New Brunswick Federation of Labour

  • Northwestern Ontario Women's Action Group

  • Northern Territories Federation of Labour

  • Nova Scotia Federation of Labour

  • Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses

  • Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care

  • Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association

  • Ontario Federation of Labour

  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation

  • Ontario Women's Health Network

  • Ontario Women’s Justice Network

  • Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women of Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Public Service Alliance of Canada

  • Québec Federation of Women

  • Quebec Native Women

  • Regroupement Naissance-Renaissance

  • Regroupement québecois des Centres d’aide et de lutte contre les aggressions à caractère sexuel

  • Réseau des femmes du Syndicat de la fonction publique du Québec

  • Rights & Democracy

  • ROSE du Nord

  • Saint John & District Labour Council

  • Shipyard General Workers Federation

  • St. Andrews United Church, Calgary

  • St. John’s Status of Women Council

  • Steelworkers Hamilton Area Council Women of Steel Committee

  • Syndicat des employées de la Banque Laurentienne du Canada

  • Table de concertation du mouvement des femmes de la Mauricie

  • Table féministe francophone de concertation provinciale de l’Ontario

  • Tibetan Women’s Association of Ontario

  • Toronto Women’s Call to Action

  • UFCW Local 1977

  • United Food and Commercial Workers

  • United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1400

  • UN Platform for Action Committee Manitoba (UNPAC)

  • Vancouver & District Labour Council

  • West Kootenay Labour Council

  • Women Against Violence Against Women

  • Women’s Committee & Executive Council of the Hamilton and District Labour Council

  • Women’s Committee for the Prince Albert & District Labour Council

  • Women’s Committee of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers

  • Women’s Inter-church Council of Canada

  • Women’s NetworkPEI

  • Women’s Studies Department University of Windsor

  • Women’s Studies Department, University of Victoria

  • Women's Centre of Calgary

  • Womenspace

  • YWCA Canada

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