FREDERICTON – The following is a statement from NDP Leader Dominic Cardy for International Women’s Day:
“On this day we celebrate the historic sacrifices and achievements that women have made over centuries in the battle for equal rights.
“Even though there has been significant advances made since we began recognizing this day, as a society we still have a great distance to go until women can truly enjoy equal rights.
“We need to work together to ensure that we finally fill the gaps on pay equity. Equal pay for equal work is something that has to happen now.
“We also need to stop ignoring the specific issues that are facing some of our most vulnerable women in society. As a party we support Thomas Mulcair and the federal NDP’s call for an independent inquiry into the missing and murdered Aboriginal women.
“We also support Premier Brian Gallant’s current initiative to ensure that more women are placed in positions on government boards and agencies. We will continue to monitor this initiative and assist in any way we can.
“As a party, we look forward to continuing the fight for women’s rights.”