NDP statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

NDP Status of Women critic Sheila Malcolmson (Nanaimo—Ladysmith) made the following statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women:

“December 6th marks the 26th anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre, the dark day in our nation’s history when 14 women were murdered and others injured simply because they were women.

Today, we remember the victims of this despicable act of violence and remind their loved ones that our hearts are with them all.

Since 1989, violence against women has remained unacceptably high, both in Canada and around the world. Today, we reiterate our commitment to ending the persisting disproportionate violence against women and girls in Canada.

There remains much to be done to eradicate violence against women and girls in Canada. As the country’s progressive opposition, New Democrats will hold the Liberal government to its promise of a national action plan to fight gender-based violence. The government must also adequately invest in Canada’s network of shelters and transitional and supportive housing for women.

Rest assured, the NDP will continue to work hard every day in the House of Commons to build a Canada where women and girls can live without fear of violence.”