In 1982, the late NDP MP Margaret Mitchell was laughed down by her fellow MPs when she stood in the House of Commons and presented evidence showing that one in 10 men battered their wives in Canada. In 1989, Marc Lepine killed 14 female engineering students at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. Today, every six days, a woman is killed by her intimate partner in Canada.
Capitalism in its current form enriches mostly privileged men and sidelines marginalized groups such as people of colour, immigrants and women. We need the courage to imagine and create new solidarity economies that prioritize people and the planet over profit.
Canada is a signatory to nearly a dozen international legal instruments upholding human dignity and the rights of Indigenous women. But the agreements have yet to influence the current analysis of nearly 1200 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) in Canada.
Even though elected politicians, especially those who end up holding cabinet positions, often prioritize corporate interests over those of their electors, David Suzuki still encourages us to overcome political cynicism and participate in the democratic process.
Valérie Plante, recently elected the first woman mayor of Montreal, represents a fairly radical but highly creative force in Quebec politics, argues Harold R. Chorney, a Professor of Political Economy at Concordia University.
For the Trudeau government’s ambitious feminist international assistance policy to succeed, Canada’s trade agreements should champion women’s leadership, human rights, and gender equality.
Quebec’s recent passage of Bill 62, which bans the wearing of the niqab in Quebec for people seeking access to public services, appeases the political demands of the ultra-right in the province, argues Yasmin Jiwani, a Professor of Communication Studies at Concordia University.
Anti-semitism, racism and other prejudices are on the rise in most established democracies. Still, silencing white supremacists on the Internet is counterproductive. It would only lead to more senseless acts violence similar to those perpetrated by Anders Breivik and Rhodesia-inspired Dylann Roof.