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September 1st, 2015

Liberals oppose plan to combat violence against women

New Democrats slammed the Liberals for their opposition to Tom Mulcair’s commitment to ending violence against women.

In response to Mulcair’s plan to ensure no woman in need is ever turned away from a shelter, Justin Trudeau’s deputy leader Ralph Goodale criticized the $40M commitment by saying “he simply cannot keep those promises.”

“The Liberal attack on the NDP’s commitment to end violence against women is disturbing,” said NDP candidate Niki Ashton (Churchill—Keewatinook Aski). “The Liberals are opposing the NDP’s concrete plan to help the most vulnerable women in our country, so they don’t have to ask the largest corporations to pay their fair share. That’s wrong.”

Along with restoring the Shelter Enhancement Program, New Democrats will create a comprehensive and coordinated national action plan to end violence against women. Mulcair has also committed to hold an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women within the first 100 days of taking office.

“In one night in April last year, more than 500 women and children who were fleeing violence were turned away from shelters across this country,” said NDP candidate Jennifer Hollett (University—Rosedale). “It’s irresponsible of the Liberals to oppose helping these women and children.”