The NDP will introduce an opposition day motion urging the federal government to do everything it can to tackle the unacceptable wage gap between men and women.

Its motion would recognize pay equity as a right, appoint a special committee to conduct hearings and put forward a plan to implement a proactive federal pay equity regime.

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“It’s 2016, and there’s no excuse for the fact that women in Canada continue to make substantially less than men,” said NDP Status of Women Critic Sheila Malcolmson.

“Canada is lagging far behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to pay equity. That’s why New Democrats are putting forward an opposition day motion to take action to address this problem. ”

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