Hon. Patty Hajdu

Your member of parliament for


Thunder Bay-Superior North

Hon. Patty Hajdu

Your member of parliament for


Thunder Bay-Superior North

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MP Hajdu Answers Question on Gender Equality

Mr. Rhéal Fortin (Rivière-du-Nord, BQ):

Mr. Speaker, France’s prime minister, Manuel Valls, was telling it like it is when he said, “The full veil is essentially a means to undermine women, [and that] goes against…democratic values.”

It is about time that our so-called feminist and democratic Prime Minister understand this. If he truly supports gender parity, what is the prime minister waiting for to require women to take the citizenship oath with their faces uncovered?

Hon. Patty Hajdu (Minister of Status of Women, Lib.):

Mr. Speaker, I am so proud to represent a government that understands that gender equality is good for all Canadians.

When women have the right to live in communities, thrive in their academic or employment situations, and are supported by communities that understand that we value diversity, that is when our entire country will succeed.

We have a Prime Minister who is a feminist. We have a government that supports gender equality. I am very proud of a country that understands this is good for all of us.