VICTORIA – New Democrat leader Adrian Dix and women’s issues critic Sue Hammell issued the following statement in recognition of the National Day for Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women:
“Today we remember the 14 young women whose lives were taken 23 years ago in a shocking act of violence at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. We hope all British Columbians can take a moment today to honour the lives that were lost and reflect on the action they can take to eradicate gender-based violence in our province.
“Targeting people based solely on their gender is an exceptionally discriminatory form of violence that negatively impacts women’s economic opportunities and leaves them with both physical and emotional scars. In order to effectively address these issues, we need to take action.
“Change is possible. But it requires the dedication of individuals, communities and all levels of government. By working together and standing united, a future free of violence against women is possible.”