In recognition of National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

I also rise today on behalf of the Liberal caucus to acknowledge and pay tribute to the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Twenty-five years ago this Saturday, on December 6, 1989, a gunman entered a technical university in Montreal and proceeded to target 14 women and injured 10 others, including four men, before turning the gun on himself. He targeted these women because he ultimately believed that he had more right to an education than they did.

We have made much progress but we still have so much more work to do. One only has to look at the list of missing and murdered aboriginal women to know that Canada still has a problem when it comes to violence against women. The Yukon, as well, is disproportionately plagued by violence against women. We do need to put an end to this; we need to turn the tables and lead the nation in respectful treatment of women.

As we reflect on the last 25 years, we must continue to stand up against violence against women. We have spoken a lot, Mr. Speaker, in the last month about violence against women and the issues they still face in our society, and we’ve worn our white ribbons for the last 12 days, but let’s now ensure that we continue the dialogue so the results are that these atrocities that happened at l’École Polytechnique never happen again. Thank you.