The Mulroney government is anxious to pass so-called legislation in favour of homosexuals and women in the armed forces.  Neither one is an authentic problem of inequality.  The same government refuses to resolve the real inequality of the Spouse’s Allowance.

This monthly benefit of up to $560 is now paid to low-income 60-to-65-year-old widows, widowers and pensioners’ spouses.  Single people, those who have been divorced and 60-to-65-year-old married couples are ineligible for benefits.  “Restraint prevents the government from going further at this time,” Mr. Crosbie said on March 4, when he rejected widening this benefit