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B.C. New Democrat women’s spokesperson Maurine Karagianis issued the following statement in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: “Violence against women continues to plague families and communities in British Columbia. “Whether it’s the Christy Clark government’s decision to end reporting on the Missing Women’s Commission recommendations, or their failure to properly consider legislative action to address sexual assaults at B.C.
With three recent reports showing that British Columbia continues to have persistently high child poverty under the Christy Clark government, New Democrats are pressing for their poverty reduction legislation to finally be passed. “New Democrats have introduced legislation for a poverty reduction plan four times, yet each time the Liberals have ignored it,” said New Democrat social development spokesperson Michelle Mungall.
Spencer Chandra Herbert, New Democrat MLA for Vancouver-West End, released the following statement recognizing International Transgender Day of Remembrance: “Today on International Transgender Day of Remembrance, we remember those who have had their lives taken as a result of transphobia. “We reflect on the lives of those lost to hatred, and are spurred on to action to help end the pain. We know there are far too many transgender and gender variant people in our society who are facing discrimination and violence just because of who they are.
Three years after the Missing Women’s Inquiry not only has the Christy Clark government refused to implement recommendations, but they have also stopped reporting on their lack of progress, say New Democrats. “The B.C. government’s approach to the Missing Women’s Inquiry was disrespectful to families from the start,” said B.C. New Democrat women’s spokesperson Maurine Karagianis.