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Status of Women committee  I think that the core of your question is really the nature of the military itself, frankly. I think that it does tie into high rates of people taking their own lives and high rates of trauma within the military. If you have to suppress how you feel because your masculinity and m

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Julie S. Lalonde

Status of Women committee  Well, first of all, I wouldn't encourage more women to join the CAF at this point. I think that's the wrong goal to have. You have to fix the problem. You can't just add women and stir, which has traditionally been the approach. One, I think CAF is missing this massive opportuni

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Julie S. Lalonde

Status of Women committee  Well, first, we need to stop saying it's a big ship and that it takes a long time to turn it around. I've heard that ship metaphor a hundred times in the last five years, and I'm bored to death of it. The other one is, “Well, sexual violence is not unique to the military. Sexism

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Julie S. Lalonde

Status of Women committee  Yes, I think Sandra's and Laura's testimony today and the stories that Sandra is hearing criss-crossing the country are indicative of that, but then again, I'm a white, educated, bilingual civilian woman with a written apology from the Department of National Defence. I was thrown

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Julie S. Lalonde

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Julie S. Lalonde

Status of Women committee  That is an excellent question. In my opinion, we clearly need the training to be more thorough. We know that one hour is absolutely not enough, whether it is in an office, on the Hill, or in a primary school. One hour is useless; it is just a start. Also, if people do not have

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Julie S. Lalonde

Status of Women committee  Thank you. Good morning, everyone. I want to start by saying thank you, Laura and Sandra, for your courage, not just for this morning but for going public with your experiences. What happened to both of you is horrific, and it's preventable. It's preventable, and we need to tal

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Julie S. Lalonde