NAC and CACSW
indicated their support for a purpose clause in their testimony before the Joint Committee, but their focus was primarily upon remedying the problems in section 15 (testimony of NAC President Lynn McDonald before the Joint Committee, ibid at 9:64 and 9:70, testimony of CACSW
President Doris Anderson and representative Mary Eberts, ibid at 9:124-9:127).
88) The downgrading of women's issues was then made manifest with the handling of the CACSW
, and the Women's Program amalgamation with the Status of Women Canada, effectively closing two potential entry points for state/women's movement interactionism.
In the face of opposition, the government postponed a CACSW
constitutional conference planned for that fall.
CACSW was no hotbed of radical politics; none-the-less this armslength branch of government had a formative impact on the women's movement.
CACSW took concepts like work and family responsibility and blended them with comparative statistics on women's wages, employer-related leave plans, public funding for child care, maternity leave provisions.