Canadians will always remember the tragic events of December 6, 1989, when 14 young women were killed – targeted because of their gender. Reaction was swift and determined, as our nation resolved to end violence against women and girls in all its forms.
Today, this important work continues. It involves all Canadians, across all communities and jurisdictions, in every part of Canada.
Why? Because violence against women affects us all, destroying families, tearing apart communities and placing an incredible burden on our economy.
That is why the Government of Canada remains absolutely committed to eliminating gender-based violence. We are taking action that is improving the safety and well-being of women and girls, their families and their communities.
As a retired member of the RCMP I have had been involved in numerous incidents involving violence against women and it is something that cannot be tolerated.
Beyond the criminal elements, there must be a change in attitude in society in general and it must start at home and then expand. We must make every effort to bring added awareness to a serious problem.
As we work toward a more peaceful, more equitable society, we will succeed only if we work together. May we pause to reflect and remember the women who have died, then resume our work for change.
We must double our efforts to ensure the violence against women becomes a thing of the past. It cannot and must not be tolerated in our society.
MP Kootenay Columbia