Liberal Opposition Day Motion compels Parliament to investigate missing and murdered Indigenous women
OTTAWA – Liberals will use a rare opportunity in the House of Commons to bring forward a motion calling on the House of Commons to investigate the crucial matter of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada, and propose solutions to address the root causes of this violence.
“The endemic violence against Indigenous women and girls is a human tragedy that affects all Canadians,” said Liberal Leader Bob Rae. “While the Conservatives have long ignored Liberal calls for a full public inquiry into this matter, passing this motion is an important step toward finding answers and preventing the perpetuation of this victimization.”
The Liberal Opposition Day Motion, which will be debated in the House of Commons tomorrow, calls for the establishment of a House of Commons special committee with the mandate to conduct hearings into Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Furthermore, it requires the committee to report its findings and recommendations back to the House of Commons no later than February 14, 2014.
“We have the means to do more and now we have the opportunity to do more,” continued Liberal Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development critic Dr. Carolyn Bennett. “It is our hope that all parties in the House of Commons will agree to work with us to bring closure and tangible solutions to the widespread violence faced by Indigenous women and girls in Canada.”
“This motion continues the work of Liberals in the Senate, including my colleague Senator Sandra Lovelace Nicholas who, in December, launched an inquiry into this ongoing issue. We look forward to this committee’s findings and hope that it will contribute to concrete actions by the government to help bring an end this tragedy,” concluded Liberal Senator Lillian Dyck.
The Liberal Opposition Day Motion can be viewed here.
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