Closing the Gender Gap for a Stronger Alberta

Proposal will see a minimum of $100 Million invested in startups and small businesses run by women and the creation of a Premier’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Innovation.

Alberta conservatives deserve to know about the policies of their leadership candidates, and on Tuesday Doug Schweitzer announced policies to help Albertans close the gender gap by supporting women entrepreneurs and pursuing wage equity in the Alberta Public Service. This announcement supports Schweitzer’s plan to create jobs, get spending under control, and get Albertans back to work.

Following his proposal to take 40% of ATB Financial public, Schweitzer announced that the Venture Capital Fund will be mandated to earmark a minimum of $100 Million of their revenue from the public offering of ATB Financial to start-ups and small businesses run by women.

According to conversations Schweitzer has had with women business owners in Alberta, a major barrier to expansion is access to venture capital. Women entrepreneurs are an incredible resource for job creation and economic growth in Alberta. According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM Report 2014), on average, women-owned businesses remain smaller than their male owned counterparts.

“As the father of two smart and confident young daughters I want them to live in a province where their entrepreneurial goals are supported and they are encouraged to take on leadership roles in business and their communities. By investing in start-ups and small businesses run by women we will help inspire the next generation of women leaders to dream big and bring their ideas to the table.”

-          Doug Schweitzer, candidate for leader of the United Conservative Party

A Premier’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Innovation will help close the existing wage gap in the public sector and examine how Alberta’s boards, agencies, and commissions can become leaders in gender equality.

“Out of 25 Canadian cities, Edmonton and Calgary were ranked as the second and third worst places to be a woman by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. This is unacceptable. We cannot continue to have some of the highest wage gaps in the country and some of the lowest representation of women on boards in Canada. We need to take action now.”

“We will lead by example by ensuring the Government of Alberta closes the existing wage gap in the public sector. The creation of a Premier’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Innovation recognizes that diverse boards and workforces are both more representative of the public and prove to achieve better results.”

-          Doug Schweitzer, candidate for leader of the United Conservative Party

Further details of Schweitzer’s plan to get Albertans back to work will be released in the weeks ahead. 


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  • While I support equality and because I support equality, I ask why there is $100 million set aside just for women? Shouldn’t there just be $100 million for anyone who is capable?
  • I do NOT like policies based on gender, colour, creed, orientation of any type! We are ALL Albertan’s, Time policians remembered that
  • Not to bash your opinion of “gender wage gaps”, but can you please, along with every other politician, stop using some fictitious, dreamt up, politician developed political issue to try and get votes!! There are less women in the work force, because there are less women able to get into the work force because of childcare expenses and responsibilities, and the simple fact that there are no jobs! Yes, we could get all women into the work force, remove all men, because there are only so many jobs, and then 10 years from now you’ll have a new dreamt up, politician developed political issue to talk about. “There is a gender wage gap, because not enough men are in the work force”!! Please campaign on something that will benefit the entire province, like attracting business, lowering taxes and fees, making an attractive investment environment to attract new money and jobs, cut the waste in government. Tax payers can’t afford any more taxes, do something to create jobs!!