Mr. Speaker, 13 years ago, 14 young women from l'École Polytechnique in Montreal were tragically killed because of their gender. Fourteen young women shot in cold blood, hundreds of lives shattered, and everyone in Quebec shaken.
On this Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, the Bloc Quebecois is joining all the organizations dedicated to the advocacy and support of battered women in taking concrete, visible action against violence against women.
We also want to pay tribute to all the victims of such unacceptable violence and urge men to mobilize in support of women's action to eliminate violence against women and girls.
We in the Bloc Quebecois hope that the federal government will respond to the World March of Women demands and make the necessary money available, so that the many obstacles in the lives of women can be removed.