Questions for the South Surrey-White Rock candidates in the upcoming election…
What is your position on women’s issues? Are you pro-choice or pro-life? A what are you prepared to do about the major financial problems faced by senior and single women, like childcare and pension contributions?
Val Meredith was our member of Parliament for this area and, when she declared she was pro-choice on womens’ issues, she was replaced by the Conservatives.
Russ Hiebert was parachuted in, even though he did not live in the area at that time. He was here because he was a Conservative pro-life supporter and his support for family values was by taking his wife and family to Ottawa when the House was sitting, first-class. Money did not seem to be an issue.
Now we have a new Conservative candidate, Dianne Watts. What is her position on pro-choice and women’s issues?
And to the other candidates, what is your position? What are you prepared to do to support women and women’s issues?
Women still earn less than men for similar work. And single and senior women have a challenge to build financial support when their main chance and time to contribute to a pension plan is halted, often for years, by non-paid work in the home.
Arlene McGinn, White Rock