December 6 is the day of the year that the House of Commons pays much tribute to efforts to end violence against women. That’s because today is the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre that saw Marc Lépine murder 14 young women at the Montreal school.
As vigils dot the nation in remembrance, parliamentarians focus, sort of, for at least this one day, on ending violence against women. Last year, the solemnity of the moment of silence that preceded Question Period was interrupted starkly by the House’s normal proceedings. Ongoing tributes to Nelson Mandela’s passing, punctuated by yesterday’s stirring speeches in the House, may encourage MPs to remain civil a little more than usual.
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