Question to Status of Women Minister: Will you support NDP motion to end violence against women?; Answer: …?

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the evidence is very thin on that action.

What we do need are serious policy initiatives and programs to support women fleeing violence at home and in their communities, to create a culture where women will feel unafraid to report sexual violence, to stop the tragedy of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, and to eliminate the inequalities that make women more vulnerable to gender violence.

Will the minister commit today, we are asking again, to addressing gender inequality in Canada, and support the motion by member for Churchill for a national action plan to end violence against women?

Hon. K. Kellie Leitch (Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, CPC): Mr. Speaker, let me start by talking about the things this government has done and that the opposition has not supported.

There is the victims bill of rights, a DNA-based missing persons index, new laws to protect victims from being harassed by those who have committed the crimes against them. We have eliminated pardons for serious crimes. We have provided better protection for, particularly, young women who have been victims of sexual predators.

I ask the opposition: We are acting, why are they not supporting us? Why are they voting against all of these initiatives?