Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for Edmonton—Sherwood Park for bringing forward this important bill.
I have to say it was a bit difficult when I thought about some of the cases. My wife is about eight months pregnant now with our fifth child, and in thinking about the state of some of the women in these very high profile cases that we are talking about here, and anticipating a child and waiting for a child, I could not imagine if a crime like that were ever committed against her.
The context of the bill is appropriate. This is a criminal justice issue. It is an assault against women issue. I certainly commend the member.
I would like him to hone in on the importance of this being a bill that is in support of women. That is an important component of what we are doing here. I think all members in this House are seized with the importance of sanctions for these kinds of acts of violence against women and against unborn children as well. I wonder if the member would comment on that.