Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan announces Alberta Liberal policies to help close the Gender Gap on International Women’s Day.
Khan stated, “Alberta women are strong, capable, and visionary. They are making this province a better place. I celebrate Alberta women on International Women’s Day and every day of the year. Alberta Liberals are announcing a series of policies to support women and break down inequality barriers.
“The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives data confirms Edmonton and Calgary have the 25th and 21st largest Gender Gaps of 26 major municipalities.
“Alberta is the only province in Canada without Pay Equity legislation. That is shameful.
“Alberta Liberals are committed to introducing Pay Equity Legislation. We are pushing for this essential reform to close among the largest gender pay gap in Canada.
“We will also support women’s reproductive rights by ensuring abortion is more fairly and easily accessible. This is especially important in rural areas where access is limited. We will make free birth control available. We will fund one cycle of in-vitro fertilization treatments. Every woman should have the ability to control when and whether they will become a parent, regardless of income. We want women to freely pursue their own passions and to be caregivers if they choose.
“Alberta Liberals are committed to universal $25-a-day affordable, accessible daycare. We also want to support all mothers by providing refundable tax credits to low-income stay-at-home moms.
“Alberta Liberals recognize Trans Women are Women. We want to support Trans Women by funding the necessary medical procedures for transgender Albertans. This includes fully funding hormone replacement treatments.
“Alberta Liberal policies continue to promote women in leadership roles. The Alberta Liberal Party Executive Director and Past Party President are women.
“Alberta Liberals are encouraging women to participate in politics. We have a dedicated fund and mentorship program to support women political candidates. 35% of current Alberta Liberal candidates are women. More are coming soon for the expected Spring Election.
“We will release our full platform on Gender Equality during the Spring Election.
“Let’s work together to create a gender-balanced Alberta. Let’s build a safer, fairer and better Alberta for women.”