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e-1530 (Women's rights)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by christine poulin from montreal, Quebec, on February 27, 2018, at 4:26 p.m. (EDT)
Employment opportunities
Sexual discrimination
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

Whereas :
  • Today women achieve the highest levels of education, but still do not have equal access to positions on Boards of Directors in business corporations;
  • 30% of large organizations did not self-impose reachable targets to increase women’s representation on their Boards of Directors; and
  • There still is an imbalance in the make-up of Boards of Directors that does not reflect the massive investments made by Canada in support of women’s education.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to:
Intervene and adopt a parity system across all firms and organizations whether private or public; and establish a deadline of 5 years for corporations to voluntarily adopt such measures;
Ensure that all Canadian Crown Corporations have parity on their Boards of Directors;
Ensure that a business awareness-raising campaign and a sustained campaign to promote women in corporations must be conducted by the Ministry of the Status of Women;
Impose incentives and mandatory disclosure of means on all governmental organizations in order to reach an acceptable parity ranging between 40% and 60%; and
Ensure that non-compliant firms be fined if the desired percentage of women’s representation is not reached within the given time frame, which should include a penalty against their Directors such as denying them of their honorarium for attendance.
Petition presented to the House of Commons on October 24, 2018 (Petition No. 421-02820)
Government response tabled on December 7, 2018 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-02)
Open for signature : February 27, 2018, at 4:26 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : June 27, 2018, at 4:26 p.m. (EDT)
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