Action: Call for Oda’s resignation

Reading the news coverage and the fine print of the changes at Status of Women Canada has my blood aboiling! Please take a moment to contact your Member of Parliament and demand Oda’s resignation.

From CTV [emphasis mine]:

Tories to cut funding for womens’ advocacy work

Updated Wed. Oct. 4 2006 5:16 PM ET

Canadian Press

The drastic change to the mandate and operation of Status of Women Canada also drops the word “equality” when listing the agency’s goals.
Previous objectives such as helping women’s organizations participate in the public policy process and increasing the public’s understanding of women’s equality issues have been eliminated from government literature.

Here’s the logical reponse:

NDP demands Oda resign as Minister for Status of Women

Thu 5 Oct 2006 OTTAWA – Today, NDP Critic for the Status of Women Irene Mathyssen demanded Bev Oda resign as the Minister responsible for the Status of Women. The changes Oda has made to the funding mandate for the department will severely limit the ability of organizations promoting equal rights for women. These restrictions are unacceptable. They prove that Oda is not committed to promoting the interests of Canadian women.

“The Minister refuses to face the fact that women have not yet achieved equality in Canada,” said Mathyssen. “Study after study and report after report have all come to this conclusion, but the Minister refuses to acknowledge the importance of the work that women’s advocacy groups do.

“Instead, she shuts down organizations or cripples them by cutting their funding. She does not represent women in this country. She must step down,” insisted Mathyssen.

And Oda’s deflection is steeped in conservative ideology and REAL Women blather:

Bev Oda deflects calls for her resignation

Updated Thu. Oct. 5 2006 6:22 PM ET

Canadian Press

“We recognize there are barriers, there are challenges, and what we’re proposing is to use taxpayers’ dollars to help women in their daily lives, to help them in their communities,” Oda told MPs Thursday at the Status of Women parliamentary committee.

She used the example of skills training and mentoring programs for women as examples of the kind of service-oriented projects the government preferred to fund. She also suggested that corporations that applied for money for women’s scholarships or apprenticeships could be eligible for the first time.

“We can all articulate and identify the issues, which I think has been clearly done for many, many years. . . . What we’re saying is now’s the time to perform actions.”

And lobbying governments for structural and systemic changes is not an action? Hullo???
Here’s the real and out-moded kicker, from an (un)REAL Woman:

…Diane Watts of REAL Women Canada, a socially conservative group that has pressed to abolish Status of Women Canada, said the changes were a welcome shift from the “narrative of victimhood.”

Good grief! We, in the women’s movement of the 80s, heard this line of tripe back then! Even then the movement was moving away from the victimhood narrative that Watts and Landoldt and their cohorts suggest. Survival is what women talked about. Survival is what women talk about. Survivors do not focus on their victimhood. Rather, they focus on the knowledge, skills, and abilities that have helped them to survive life within this patriarchal society. And, they focus on ways to make not only themselves, but also the system, better for all.

This government must be defeated in the next election or we’ll end up living in the dark ages.

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6 thoughts on “Action: Call for Oda’s resignation

  1. Why are your attacks resently against conservative women and not conservative men?

    Does it threaten you that there are millions of Canadian women who disagree with your feminist view?

  2. You got a source for that wild estimate, Deno?

    Great post, B.

    In many ways, I pity Oda. I can just imagine the sniggery discussions that went on when she was assigned the suicide post. What a pathetic character, a sad footnote, she will be in Canadian history. The male leaders of her party have made a fool of her.

  3. So apparently the Libverals CUT the SOW funding three times in the past ten years. Strange – I never heard a whimper from the NDP or Liberals or feministas back then. The beurocracy of this program was SOOOOO inefficient that they cut $5 million of beurocracy alone and there were no cuts to the program funding. $5 million to administrate $10 million????? Somebody was really at the trough on this one. Maria Minna’s globe trotting and $2500 lady’s lunches may be curbed.
    Now, as a taxpayer and a woman I also detest paying for a program that depicts me as weak and defenceless and helpless and a second class citizen needing some kind of “voice”. Their voices did not ever speak for me. Personal responsibility and the freedoms in this country to make choices and be equal to our own ambitions is the loudest “voice” all citizens have.
    Maybe if they funded programs like Big Sisters instead of elite tea parties and book clubs for the connected SOW could redeem itself.

  4. Great post!

    Why Oda has to go is that she, as well as some posters here of both sexes just don’t understand what many other women do. WOMEN ARE NOT TREATED EQUALLY IN CANADA in many ways and instances that a Canadian man would not put up with or accept, and HE is not made to.
    The ignorance of some women and men about the day to day life of Canadian women not in their sphere is apalling. Doesn’t anyone watch the news or read the meaty parts of the papers?
    The “voices” the Cons are hearing now… what is that about? Big Sisters! Elite tea parties! What a bunch of hogwash. There’s someone who has never been invited to the UBC Women’s Club Luncheon, I daresay.
    Oda has got to go. There is more to SWC than she’s up to, but I wouldn’t put it past the Cons to sacrifice this woman in their quest for ultimate rule.
    My community is poised for the outpouring of hands-on help from this government in actual women’s day to day lives, and help is on the way! Yep, I’ll put the kettle on and have teacakes and tidbits.

  5. I think it would be fair to say that the cuts anger some more out of ideological stance than the actual trimming of fat from Trudeau era socialist largess

    Why wouldn’t the govt cut out funds to programs that are seen as pursuing an agenda that is anathema to conservatism?

    If you have a vested interest in these programs that are wasteful of millions of dollars per year, you should be thankful they retained the core funding and didn’t cut them out 100%

    All the programming cuts amounted to 1% of revenues..hardly earth shattering, unless you are used to bellying up to the trough and find that now lean cuisine is the order of the day.

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