The misleading headline on this Globe and Mail story about the budget and pay equity is emblematic of the fear mongering campaign being conducted by some for purely political reasons:
Pay-equity changes set to pass with budgetThis headline is absolutely false, and the Globe should change it immediately. As I pointed-out the other day, while the budget talks about the government’s plans to make changes to pay equity it does not make any actual changes, or provide much detail on what those changes may be. From page 211 of the budget document, this is the only passage where "pay equity" appears in the budget:
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
February 2, 2009 at 11:29 PM EST
OTTAWA - The federal budget revives the same pay-equity changes from the fall fiscal update that spurred mass protests and the potential collapse of the Conservative government now surviving with Liberal support.
The existing complaint-based pay equity regime is a lengthy, costly and adversarial process that does not serve employees or employers well. Legislation to modernize the pay equity regime for federal public sector employees will be introduced. The new regime reflects the Government’s commitment to pay equity. It will ensure that the employer and bargaining agents are jointly responsible and accountable for negotiating salaries that are fair and equitable to all employees.
I’ve bolded the key passage. Legislation…will be introduced. As in, at a future date. No changes to pay equity will be made by this budget. Whatever changes the Conservatives plan for pay equity will be introduced in separate legislation that the opposition parties can debate, amend, take to committee, and either pass or defeat.
Journalists don’t write the headlines and so I don’t fault Ms. Galloway, as her own story gets it right and contradicts the headline put on it:
The budget released this week says the government will introduce a new means to establish pay equity. "The existing complaint-based pay-equity regime is a lengthy, costly and adversarial process that does not serve employees and employers well," the budget documents assert.I feel pay equity is a serious and important issue, and I’ll be expecting the Liberals to closely examine whatever legislation the Conservatives decide to introduce on this topic. I’m confident that. with the three opposition parties being of similar view on the issue, no legislation will pass unless it’s good legislation. And if Harper decides to dig-in his heels on this down the road, so be it.
But because this is such an important issue, I’m disgusted at those in the political arena that are creating fear around this issue, misleading Canadians into thinking horrible changes will be made on pay equity in this budget, and that by listening to the clear desire and will of Canadians to make this parliament work, by passing this budget the Liberals are somehow gutting pay equity.
It’s a fabrication; a transparent attempt to score political points against the Liberals with falsehoods and by sowing fear. I don’t think it’s worth frightening people on this issue just to score political points against your opponents, and those who claim to support pay equity should give their heads a shake. Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers