December 6, 2017 (Edmonton) – The Alberta Party Caucus acknowledges the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, in memory of the fourteen women who were murdered at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989.
“This is a sad day,” said Alberta Party MLA Karen McPherson, “not only because of the events that transpired at École Polytechnique, but because of how much more work is needed to end violence against women. It’s important that we have a day to acknowledge and talk about these issues.”
On December 6th, 1989, fourteen women were killed in the mass shooting at École Polytechnique. The perpetrator separated male and female students and killed the women because he was “fighting feminism.”
“I’m happy to support the National Day of Remembrance and Action,” said MLA Greg Clark. “My heart aches at the memory of the shooting.”
Statistics Canada reports that about 173,600 women aged 15 years and older were victims of violent crime in 2011. This translates into a rate of 1,207 female victims for every 100,000 women in the population, 5% higher than the rate of violence against men (1,151 per 100,000).
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