On Anti-Bullying Day New Democrats are proud to wear pink as a symbol of our solidarity with those people who have been bullied as well as with their friends, families and loved ones.
Anti-Bullying Day was initiated by two Nova Scotia students wanting to show support for their classmate who was bullied simply for wearing a pink shirt.
Bullying is not harmless, it’s not just a part of life, and it must not be tolerated in any form.
It is our responsibility as adults to lead by example by showing empathy and consideration for others.
We wear pink as a symbol of hope; to communicate boldly and clearly to all those experiencing the feelings of isolation and despair caused by bullying that they are not alone.
We wear pink because far too many people in our society still face bullying that stems from homophobia and racism.
We wear pink to prevent the bullycide of another Marjorie Raymond, Amanda Todd, Mitchell Wilson, Jenna Bowers-Byanton, or Jamie Hubley.
The Conservatives showed disappointing indifference to this serious issue by defeating the NDP motion that would have created a national strategy to prevent bullying.
New Democrats, on the other hand, recognise that the federal government has an important role to play in finding a solution to this wide-spread problem, and we remain committed to pushing for a National Bullying Prevention Strategy.