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Premier McGuinty Calls For Unity In The Fight To End Violence Against Women

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Premier McGuinty Calls For Unity In The Fight To End Violence Against Women

Premier Dalton McGuinty Issued The Following Statement In Observance Of The National Day Of Remembrance And Action On Violence Against Women

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"Tomorrow, Canadians from coast to coast will observe the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. It is a day when we mourn the loss of 14 bright, young women who were murdered on December 6, 1989, at Montreal's l'École Polytechnique.

That act of violence has forever changed our country. It was an act of violence that was felt in the heart of every parent. It changed every community and every family, including mine.

Since that terrible day 14 years ago, I have spent a lot of time thinking about those young women, about what their families must go through every day, and about what I can do -- as a father, as a member of my community, and now as Premier -- to prevent this senseless violence from continuing.

Today, as we prepare to gather in our communities once again to remember these innocent young women, and to mourn the loss of so many more lives since that tragic day, I call upon all Ontarians to do more than remember. I call upon you to act.

It is unacceptable that women continue to be victims of violence. It is unacceptable that all women cannot feel safe, and be safe, in their homes and in their communities. And it is unacceptable that children continue to witness violence against their mothers.

This December 6th, I ask all Ontarians to rededicate themselves to addressing violence against women. It is not enough to just remember. Each one of us must commit to doing more to prevent these tragedies and to fight the root causes so that women's hopes and dreams -- and the hopes and dreams of their children -- are no longer shattered by violence.

Today we remember the women who so tragically lost their lives. Together, we will work for meaningful change."


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