Feminist Legal Studies Queen's

Feminist Legal Studies Queen's

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Queen's University Feminist Legal Studies Queen's

and the Faculty of Law present:

"Women, Equality, and Fiscal Policy: Gender Analysis of Taxes, Spending, and Budgets"

March 7, 2009

 Time Agenda Item Details

8:30-9 a.m.

Registration and breakfast


9-9:15 a.m.


Welcome and introductions

Bita Amani and Kathleen Lahey,

Coordinators, Feminist Legal Studies Queen's

9:15-10 a.m. 

Session I

The relationship between women's equality, international law, and the Canadian government's obligations to carry out full gender analysis of all policies and laws.


Louise Langevin, Claire-Bonenfant Research Chair on the Status of Women, Lavel University, and member of Canada's Expert Panel on Accountability Mechanisms for Women's Equality:

"Gender Analysis and the Proposed Gender Equality Law for Canada".



10-10:20 a.m.



10:20 a.m.-12 p.m. 

Session II

The political economy of women in Canada, the gender impact of recent federal budgets, and the high costs of gender inequality.


Armine Yalnizyan, Senior Economist, Canadian Center for Policy Initiatives, Toronto:

"Why Budgets and Taxes are not Gender-Neutral, and What They Cost Women"


Rosella Melanson, Executive Director, New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Fredericton:

‘Why Everyone Gains From Women's Equality'



12:00-1:00 p.m. 



1:00-2:30 p.m.

Session III

Uncovering the gender impact of tax and spending laws.


Kathleen Lahey, Professor, Faculty of Law and Department of Women's Studies, Queen's University:

"What we Know About the Gender Impact of Income, Consumption, Payroll, and Corporate Taxes"


Elisabeth Gugl, Professor, Department of Economics, Victoria University:

"The Behavioural Effects of "Joint" Tax and Benefit Laws on Women's Economic Lives"


Lisa Philipps , Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University:

"Identifying and Challenging Gender Ideologies Embedded in Fiscal Policy"


Kimberley Brooks, H. Heward Stikeman Chair in Taxation, Faculty of Law, McGill University:

"Gender and International Taxation - What Feminists Bring to the Analysis"



2:30-2:45 p.m.



2:45-4:15 p.m.

Session IV

Specific tax-spending laws that disadvantage  women, and avenues for change.


Faye Woodman, Professor, Faculty of Law, Dalhousie University:

"A Gendered Analysis of Recent Proposed Changes to Provincial and Federal Pension Legislation"


Lorna Turnbull, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba:

"Gender Budgeting and Gender Poverty Traps"


Natalie Chalifour, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa:

"The Gender Effects of Environmental Taxes - A Look at Carbon Taxes"


Nancy Baroni, Gender Budget Coordinator, Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA), Ottawa:

"FAFIA's Experience With Gender Budgeting"



4:15-4:30 p.m.

Final discussion and follow-up planning