News Hughes Says Budget’s Focus On Gender Equality Doesn’t Read As It Is Written SHARE ON: Nick Birnie, staff Friday, Mar. 9th, 2018 Photo Credit: Supplied The Liberals Federal Budget says it will focus on improving gender equality, but the measures listed leave many questions as to how. That’s according to Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP Carol Hughes, who says the 2018 budget does not read as it is written. Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the budget focused on gender equality because it will boost economic growth for Canadians. Hughes says the budget refers to gender over 300 times, yet not once do they invest a dollar in pay equity, but rather they create legislation to force employers to respect pay equity. She also says adding a five-week leave for a second parent is good news, but many in odd jobs will not benefit from the measures, and one third of women still are unable to access Employment Insurance. Hughes says improvements to First Nations child and family services are another positive step, but this budget leaves many questions due to being short on details.