Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann issue the following statement on National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Swann stated, “On December 6, 1989, 13 female students and a female administrator at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal were murdered because they were women.
“Twenty-nine years later, Canada continues to feel the effects of this attack. Women are still targets of abuse and violence because of their gender.”
Khan stated, “We celebrate the of tearing down of patriarchal values and institutions that treat women unfairly. That is real progress. But, we must also guard against aggressive, misogynistic worldviews. They are pushing back, sometimes violently. This hate poses great risk to all people.
“We must continue to make progress on gender equality issues. We must prevent all forms of violence against women.
“Alberta Liberals are advocating for more women’s shelters funding. 16,722 women, children and seniors were turned away last year. That cannot continue. We believe there should be greater focus on the root causes of violence against women.
“Let’s work together on these challenges. Let’s improve quality of life for all people.”