Canada’s women’s soccer team takes on pay equity in front of Parliament – National

Members of the Canadian women’s soccer team are taking their fight for pay equity to Parliament on Thursday.

Captain Christine Sinclair, Janine Beckie, Sophie Schmidt and Quinn, who goes by the same name, are scheduled to appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage this afternoon. The four serve as the player representatives for the women’s team.

The Canadian women, like their male counterparts, are embroiled in a bitter labor dispute with Canada Soccer, the sport’s governing body.

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The women Olympic champions want the same support and backing ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand as the men did ahead of their football showcase last year in Qatar.

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Both teams want Canada Soccer to open their books and explain why their programs are being cut this year.

The women, whose existing contract expired at the end of 2021, have reached a tentative agreement with Canada Soccer on pay for 2022 but say other issues still need to be resolved.

Canada Soccer officials are scheduled to appear before the parliamentary committee on March 20.

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