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Ad Hockers publicly debated whether sex-based distinctions should be outlawed completely (as CACSW advocated), but settled instead upon requiring a "compelling reason" for such distinctions, a principle they maintained in their lobbying documents was incorporated into section 28 even without explicit reference to such a test in section 15.
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).
including Francophones and women, have done little to unsettle neutrality as a core bureaucratic value within the Canadian federal public service." (53) Moreover, commitments to mainstream gender throughout departments seemed to work at cross-purposes with neo-liberal actions such as closing down the CACSW and folding the Women's Program into the Status of Women Canada, when all three were meant to monitor and promote women's equality in and outside the state in different ways.
(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.
They'd sent their MPs postcards distributed by the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women (CACSW).
In the face of opposition, the government postponed a CACSW constitutional conference planned for that fall.
A new minister, Hedy Fry, had just been appointed and it had been a whole year since the federal government shut down the doors of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women (CACSW).
The difference was that whereas the Mulroney government was merely arrogant for ignoring CACSW, the Chretien government's response to CACSW's quiet conscience was to simply shoot the messenger, just after International Women's Day in 1995.
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