The National Council of Women of Canada


August 24, 2004


“At last, the Supreme Court of Canada will be as close to parity where representation of the sexes is concerned as is possible” said Catharine Laidlaw-Sly, President of the National Council of Women of Canada.

Council members see that after more than a century of work striving for equality for women, the Government of Canada has acknowledged and acted on its obligation to make that equality a reality. NCWC wishes to congratulate the Prime Minister for nominating two outstanding female judges to the two vacant seats on the Supreme Court of Canada.

This is a historic decision, one which honors the obligation that Canada undertook when it signed and ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women.

NCWC members congratulate Justice Louise Charron and Justice Rosalie Abella on their appointment, and salutes them for their past years of outstanding work. We wish them well as they take up their new duties.

For more information:
Catharine Laidlaw-Sly
Phone: 514-835-4884