As we mark the International Day to End Violence Against Women, I want to recognize the tireless work of so many groups across our community, from downtown to our college and university campuses, that work every day toward eradicating violence, sheltering women and children facing violence, and supporting survivors.
In a statement today, Tom Mulcair spoke of the unacceptable violence facing women in Canada, particularly Indigenous women: “We still don’t condemn sexual and gender-based violence as loudly as we should. We make excuses or we look the other way… We all have a role to play in rejecting the quiet tolerance of violence against women.”
As Justice critic for Canada’s progressive opposition, I look forward to working with Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould on a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous women. In Parliament, my colleagues and I will continue to work toward the implementation of ideas we fought for in the last parliament, including a comprehensive federal gender violence strategy.