Mungall Pays Tribute to Women’s Work
MLA Michelle Mungall’s Private Member’s Statement of October 31st had a two-fold purpose. The first was to honour the tireless work of women’s auxiliaries in the region. The second, was a rebuttal against sexist remarks the Premier had made in the House the previous week; sexist remarks directed at the women of the Opposition Caucus.
The comments came as heckles and were not captured in the official records of the proceedings, but the Premiere admits that she referred to female NDP MLAS as the “women’s auxiliary.”
“The Premier degraded the women MLAs with her comments, implying that the concerns we raise in the house are not as important or as “tough” as those of men,” says Mungall. “She further negated the tireless work by many women who have dedicated countless volunteer hours in their community.”
Mungall pointed out in her statement, Monday, that the women’s auxiliaries in her constituency have been raising funds for programs and organizations where the provincial government has fallen short or cut off funding completely.
“These auxiliaries have been raising funds for services that empower women and help us create equality in our society; some of them for decades and even centuries. If the Premiere’s comments likened our work as a caucus to those endeavours, then perhaps only that takes the sting out of what was said,” says Mungall.
Mungall’s words were greeted with much applause. The Speaker of House noted that Mungall’s words were in “the true spirit of a private member’s statement.”
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