Reaction to Bird Commission report
The Royal Commission on the Status of Women, called by Prime Minister Pearson in February 1967, held the notion of equal opportunity as its precept. Chaired by journalist Florence Bird, the panel was criticized both for exceeding traditional boundaries and also for hedging on the conservative. But the great undercurrent born of the Bird Commission was a renunciation against inequality.
. The Commission recommended that fees for the care of children in daycare centres be fixed on a sliding scale based on family income. It also proposed that the federal government pay a guaranteed annual income to the heads of all one-parent families with dependent children. This measure wasn't implemented.
Broadcast Date: Dec. 9, 1970
Guest(s): Florence Bird, Kelly Crichton
Host: Pat Patterson
Photo: National Archives of Canada PA-135131
Last updated: January 10, 2012
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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