Question on Gender Gap Policies in Budget 2018

March 20, 2018

Lloyd Longfield, MP Guelph:

Mr. Speaker, the member has hit on part of the budget that I get really fired up on, and that is innovation. Page 100, my favourite page in the budget, looks at filling in some deficits. The members opposite talk about a financial deficit. They mention it over and over. We have a deficit in infrastructure, in social programs, and in innovation, which we are now addressing through our previous budget as well as Budget 2018.

I wonder if the hon. member could talk about the deficit we have in the equality between male and female, or other people in Canada who choose to identify themselves in other ways.

Peter Fonseca, MP Missassauga East - Cooksville:

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member for Guelph for his passion and his experience when it comes to innovation and when he talks about equality. He knows full well how that can drive our economy. I have heard the member speak eloquently here about equality and fairness and what that means.

I will give a couple of examples. RBC did a report and looked at our labour gap. If we were able to close that labour gap, that would mean 4% added to our GDP. That is huge. Internationally, this is what Christine Lagarde, the director of the International Monetary Fund had to say. “Equal pay and better economic opportunities for women boost economic growth...for everyone.... It is an economic no-brainer”.

The member is bang on. I thank him for the work he does for his community and our country.