Advancing gender equality is key to strengthening the middle class, growing the economy, and building a better world. Canada is a champion for gender equality at home and abroad. Investing in women and girls’ health, and protecting their sexual and reproductive health rights, is a critical part of that.
Ensuring the safety of workers was one of the reasons I first became politically active, and it will always be an issue I care about. For decades, farmworkers were left out of any legislated labour protections. Unfortunately it was common for workers to be severely injured or even killed as a result of unsafe working conditions. That’s why I started advocating for farmworkers’ rights and protections.
For 2019 and beyond, Canada has several concerns and challenges regarding its economic outlook. The Bank of Canada points to some markers and several areas of uncertainty — the persistence of the crude oil -price drops, the extent of its impact on non-oil-producing regions, how household spending adjusts to previous interest-rate hikes, tighter mortgage rules, and global trade developments such as the U.S.-China conflict.