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BURNABY CUPE members have added their voice to the loud calls for Lynn Stephens to resign after her outrageous and insulting remarks about the women of British Columbia.

She told local media Wednesday that if inequality exists it is womens own fault. All that women have to do to achieve equality is make more money.

The Campbell Liberals have hit women the hardest with their huge cuts to womens services. They have repealed pay equity, eliminated employment equity, cut womens centre funding and gutted child-care programs.

The minister of state for womens equality has abandoned her pre-election commitment to improving the choices and opportunities that lead to economic security for women, said CUPE BC secretary-treasurer Colleen Jordan.

Lynn Stephens is not representing the women in her constituency with these remarks, said Joanne Reece, a CUPE BC executive member who lives in Stephenss riding. I dont know which community she lives in, but its not the one I live and work in.

As women prepare to mark International Womens Day on March 8, the ministers unintelligent comments will surely put an even blacker mark on B.C.s international reputation, the CUPE leaders said.

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Ron Verzuh, communications representative,
604-785-1422 (cell) or 604-291-1940.