Mr. Speaker, on this day 29 years ago, a serious act of senseless violence against women occurred.
I remember December 6, 1989, as if it were yesterday. It was snowing and I was working at the family business. I remember that when news of the shooter at École Polytechnique hit, I immediately felt a pang of anguish at the thought that some of my employees went to and were at École Polytechnique.
Fourteen women were killed in this misogynistic attack. In an instant, 14 young women who had their whole lives ahead of them were killed simply because they were women.
Now that I am a mother, I better understand the void that the loss of these 14 brilliant women left in the lives of their loved ones.
When I think about the École Polytechnique massacre, I cannot imagine someone taking the lives of young women simply because they were women.
This senseless gender-based violence must stop.