Mr. Speaker, last May I introduced a private member's bill to support women who must take extreme measures to get out of threatening situations with their violent ex-spouses. After exhausting all available resources, these women must go as far as changing their identities.
After years of waiting, our new government took concrete action last Friday.
The Minister of Human Resources and Social Development and the Minister of Public Safety announced the beginning of consultations for a new service for these victims of abuse.
Today, I would like to thank my fellow ministers for finally taking action after so many years when nothing was done.
I would also like to thank the sponsor of my private member's bill, the member for Prince George—Peace River, who was moved by the experience of one of his constituents caught up in a process that has been going on for eight years, with no help from the former government.
The years of waiting are over. To victims of abuse: our new government is ready to step up to the plate.