If the inquiry itself starts in the summer, as recently indicated, because the government took the time to get the pre-consultation right, that would be a positive thing. If we don't consult properly now, we've sunk the inquiry before it begins. Let's all remember this.
Lara Koerner Yeo is currently completing a J.D. at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She has a bachelor's in political science from Wellesley College and a master's in human rights and humanitarian action from SciencePo's Paris School of International Affairs. She has worked with human rights organizations in Canada and the United States, including Justice for Girls, Human Rights Watch, West Coast LEAF, and Physicians for Human Rights. She is a Steering Committee Member of the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA), where she works on the Campaign of Solidarity with Aboriginal Women and the UN treaty review project.
For those women who care about advancing women's equality, the answer is simple: the women's equality vote is the non-Conservative, anti-Harper vote. We need a government that will champion women's equality by recognizing it as something that needs championing, not as something that already exists. There are young women who refuse to buy the "women are equal" Conservative tag line. We know what our foremothers fought for, we know what we've lost in our lifetime under Harper's leadership, and it's time to reclaim the losses.
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