NARCC Denounces Federal Government
September 27, 2006
(TORONTO) The National Anti-Racism Council of Canada (NARCC) is
denouncing the federal government cuts to vital social programs
as part of a $1 billion spending cut announced on September 25,
2006. The Government targeted among other things a $55 million cut
to Youth programs, $5 million cut to the Court Challenges program,
$5 million cut to the Status of Women administrative budget and
$4.2-million to the Law Commission of Canada.
The cut to youth programs is particularly vicious as it impacts
on student employment programs. "NARCC hired two students this
year under the Summer Career Placements program which successfully
assists groups and small businesses to hire thousands of students
across Canada each year," said Mirlande Demers, Vice Chair
of NARCC. "My own organization, the NationalYouth Anti-Racism
Network condemns this Government's failure to invest in youth, especially
when we enjoy a record $13 billion surplus."
NARCC is alarmed with the elimination of the Court Challenges Program.
"The operating budget for this important program has been virtually
wiped out," Colleen Hua, NARCC Director said today. "My
organization, Chinese Canadian National Council, accessed the Court
Challenges Program as part of our campaign for the redress of the
Chinese Head Tax and this year, this very Government issued a formal
apology, which goes to demonstrate that the Court Challenges Program
is an effective partner in social change."
NARCC is also concerned over the cuts to Status of Women. "The
cuts to Status of Women Canada, one of the smallest departments,
are appalling," Estella Muyinda, NARCC Executive Director,
said today. "Who will take up the role as watchdog on gender
issues in the Government? Who will conduct the gender-based analysis
on policies and programs? Who will push to make issues like human
trafficking of young girls a priority?"
"Our stated rights and freedoms have no value if people who
face discrimination face barriers in accessing the justice system."
Ms Muyinda added.
The federal government is reminded that the existence of these
Programs is to the benefit of all Canadians regardless of background.
Reinstating funding to the Court Challenges Program, Status of Women,
and the Law Commission of Canada would alleviate the regressive
path the government is embarking on.
NARCC is a not-for-profit community based organization with over
120 member organizations and 60 associates devoted to the elimination
of racism and other forms of related discrimination in Canada.
For further information please contact:
National Anti-Racism Council of Canada
215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 122
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2C7
Web site: www.narcc.ca
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