Statement on International Women’s Day

On this important day, International Women’s Day, I would like to take a moment to congratulate the women of Victoria, British Columbia and Canada on the remarkable achievements they have made in the struggle for equality. I would also like to thank those who came before us for their courage, strength and dedication to fighting the status quo of disparity.

While women have made unprecedented strides toward equality in the last century, it is crucial that on this day, we not only offer congratulations, but we renew our resolve to break down the barriers that still exist for women and girls everywhere.

The Conservative government has been no ally to women, with their $56 million in cuts to programs meant to bolster the equality and safety of women, such as Status of Women Canada, Coalition for Pay Equity, International Planned Parenthood, Institute for the Advancement of Women, and Sisters in Spirit, to name a few.

I am proud to be a part of Canada’s New Democrats, who were the first to raise spousal abuse in Parliament, who created the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, and who continue to call for a National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women. Our caucus will continue to fight for women’s equality and stand up to violence against women.

So on International Women’s Day, I am proud to call myself a New Democrat Member of Parliament and an ally of women and girls in their struggle to achieve full equality.