Hon. Lillian Eva
Dyck: Honourable senators, if
my reading of the elements of pay equity compensation
attached to the budget is correct, it appears as though the
RCMP will be covered by that measure. Is my understanding
Honourable senators, the RCMP are part of the overall
Canadian public service. In order not to mislead Senator
Dyck, I believe that is the case, but I will seek
I did the reading and it is included. I believe it makes it
more difficult for women to achieve equity because they will
no longer be allowed to go outside of the proposed new board
and will not be able to take the matter to human rights; is
Honourable senators, if a woman is recruited into the RCMP
at whatever level or attains a certain level, I do believe
the level of pay they receive is equitable to their male
Within the RCMP and their recruitment
program, I expect that is not an issue. Police officers are
paid on a certain standard, just as honourable senators are
paid. We are paid at a certain rate under the Parliament of
Canada Act. For men and women, the salary is the same.
I do not believe that we would ever
face a situation in which a person recruited into the RCMP
would not be paid exactly the same as anyone else.
I agree with the honourable senator, but it might be an
issue of retention and promotion within the ranks.
I believe that Senator Munson's question was on the issue of
promotion into the senior ranks of the RCMP. When I receive
a response from the minister responsible, it will become
obvious whether there is a problem with people rising in the
ranks. Let us wait to hear what the minister has to say.