CHARLOTTETOWN – The Chairperson of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women is disappointed that so few parties have made promises and commitments that would improve the status of women and children’s lives in PEI. “As the election campaign winds down, I will still be listening to all parties to make commitments to women,” says Kays.
While Kays acknowledges there have been some positive promises regarding health and education, wages and public transit, she says, “I have not heard any commitments to improve access to the justice system,” and, she says. “This is a glaring omission so far.”
Kays also emphasizes, “There has also been serious lack of commitment to support low-income Islanders and to move our province towards poverty elimination. Even the government’s own discussion paper on poverty reduction has not been discussed.”
In a recent video interview available on the Status of Women’s website at http://www.gov.pe.ca/acsw, Kays calls on political parties to use the last remaining days of the provincial election campaign to promise action on poverty reduction and elimination, to commit to a domestic violence court for PEI, to increase funding for services for women and children in violent situations, to commit to funding and services for mental health and addictions for every age, and to put forward plans to improve the situation of low-income seniors across the board.
Kays is eager to join Islanders in casting her ballot at the polls on October 3. “If we want to see changes, we have to get out to vote, regardless of who you vote for,” Kays says, “because there are a lot of really important things that need to be done for Islanders.”