“December 6th is a solemn anniversary where Canadians pause to remember the 14 bright young women who were gunned down at l’École Polytechnique de Montreal 27 years ago. These promising students were targeted simply because they were women – an act of gender-based violence so extreme, it shook Canadians from coast to coast.
Today is also a day of action. A day where we recommit ourselves to rooting out gender-based violence wherever we find it. Whether it’s online, in the workplace, down the street or even in our own homes, we can’t be afraid to speak up and speak out. It’s only when we shine a light on these crimes, and those who commit them, that we will finally be able to put an end to them.
On behalf of the Progressive Conservative caucus, I am proud to pay tribute to the women who lost their lives in Montreal, and to all women across Canada who have died and suffered as a result of gender-based violence.”