Open letter to Premier Higgs:
The coronavirus crisis has exposed how much the well-being of our most vulnerable depends on workers who are often poorly paid and whose work is only now beginning to be recognized as essential.
This is the fate of attendants, mostly women, who provide care for children, the elderly, people with disabilities and women fleeing violence. These workers deserve the recognition of the essential role they play and must be compensated fairly and equitably. Indeed, their work is neither acknowledged nor valued in our province. They are entrusted with the well-being and security of our most vulnerable citizens but are paid low wages and work in conditions that put their lives and those of their dependents at risk.
Many groups and individuals have long criticized this unfair treatment and have called for change. We believe this crisis has sounded the alarm and made it urgent for all governments, provincial, territorial, municipal and federal, to recognize the importance of their work and to take concrete measures now to improve their work conditions. A society that cares for its most vulnerable and creates winning conditions for those who care for them, is a healthy society.
We, the undersigned, ask our provincial government to act now so that these workers are paid fairly. Do not wait for another crisis to act!
Cindy C. Comeau
Alexandre Cédric Doucet
Jeanne d’Arc Gaudet
Judith A. Holton
Paulette Sonier Rioux
cc: Premier Blaine Higgs
Leader of the Liberal Party Kevin Vickers
Leader of the Green Party David Coon
Leader of the People’s Alliance Kris Austin
Members of the Legislative Assembly