KEESMAAT PROPOSES PLAN TO GIVE WOMEN EQUAL SAY IN GOVERNMENT BY BRINGING GENDER FAIRNESS TO CITY HALL
TORONTO – October 5, 2018: Today, Jennifer Keesmaat shared her plan to ensure there is equal room for women in decision-making at City Hall.
“We’re at our strongest as a city when we all have an equal say in the decisions being made on our behalf”, Keesmaat said. “While the recent cuts to Council will almost certainly reduce the number of women elected as councillors, there are immediate actions we can take to make sure women have a voice at City Hall and beyond.”
Keesmaat proposed to increase fairness in decision-making by:
- Adopting gender responsive budgeting;
- Requiring gender parity on City of Toronto Boards; and
- Implementing gender parity for senior staffing positions within the Toronto Public Service.
“When women have an equal say in how we plan, how we budget, and how we execute our shared vision for this city, we can build a fairer, more inclusive Toronto where everyone benefits. But that’s not the kind of government we have experienced under John Tory”, Keesmaat added.
Under John Tory’s watch, women continue to be underrepresented on nearly every publicly appointed City of Toronto Board and in leadership positions in the Toronto Public Service.
Keesmaat said, “Toronto can’t be at its best as a city when women are left out of important discussions about how to build this city. As Mayor, I’ll make sure there’s room for women at every decision-making table in our city government.”