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Petitioning Angela Merkel (CDU)

World leaders: Please act to save our lives in Aleppo

I am one of the very last doctors serving the remaining 300,000 citizens of eastern Aleppo. Atrocities are being committed every day. The Syrian regime and Russian aircraft are systematically targeting civilians and hospitals across the city. We have seen no real effort from President Trump, Chancellor Merkel or Prime Minister May to prevent the criminal attacks against civilians and our hospitals. That is why I've started this petition. World leaders are not listening to my voice alone. Will you join me and make a call so loud they can’t ignore us? For five years, we have borne witness as countless patients, friends and colleagues suffered violent, tormented deaths. For five years, the world has stood by and remarked how ‘complicated’ Syria is, while doing little to protect us. Last month there were 42 attacks on medical facilities in Syria, 15 of which were hospitals in which my colleagues and I work. At this rate, our medical services in Aleppo could be completely destroyed in a month, leaving 300,000 people to die. What pains me and my fellow doctors the most is choosing who will live and who will die. Young children are sometimes brought into our emergency rooms so badly injured that we have to prioritise those with better chances, or simply don’t have the equipment to help them. A few weeks ago, four newborn babies gasping for air suffocated to death after a blast cut the oxygen supply to their incubators. Their lives ended before they had really begun. Despite the horror, we choose to be here. We took a pledge to help those in need. We have a duty to remain and help. All we ask now is for Trump, Merkel, May and other world leaders to do their duty, too. We do not need their tears or sympathy or even prayers, we need them to act. We need them to prove that they are the friends of Syrians. Please join us in our call. Ask world leaders to save the people of Aleppo.

Dr. Hamza Al Khatib
781,980 supporters
Petitioning Marc Garneau, Catherine McKenna, Justin Trudeau, Johnathan Wilkinson

Save the Orca Families from Extinction!

Our oceans are the home to families of orcas who are now hungry and living in noisy and polluted waters. The Southern Resident killer whales (orcas) are endangered and require immediate protection, or they will disappear forever. These iconic, intelligent beings live in family pods their entire lives and contribute to the fragile balance of marine ecosystems. There are now only 74 Southern Residents remaining and the time to act is running out. This petition urges Fisheries and Oceans Minister Johnathan Wilkinson and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to take immediate action and implement an emergency order  to protect the endangered Southern Resident orcas who live off British Columbia and Washington State. They are responsible for taking action to implement an emergency order under the Species at Risk Act for these orcas who have been facing imminent human threats to their survival and recovery. They can make a difference and save the orca families from extinction! The three major causes of their rapidly declining population is lack of food, vessel traffic/harassment, and pollution. The emergency order should:  Guarantee Safe, Abundant, and Healthy Food - Moratoriums must be implemented to rebuild the presently broken ocean food chain. Harmful fish farms, that threaten wild salmon, must be closed; Stop Vessel Traffic Noise and Harassment; Prevent and Clean up Pollution;  Enforce Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) - MPAs must restrict activities, such as fishing, that interferes with and threaten orca’s lives. They must be increased in Canada and the US;  Stop Invasive Experiments and the Cumulative Impact of Research on Orcas - As other orca populations are also at low numbers all satellite darting (spearing) and skin biopsies, that permit a pathway for infections and cause deaths, must be stopped. The Southern Resident orcas are counting on us to take action. Please sign and share this petition to ensure their survival.  You have signed this petition and you want to take further action? You can contribute to protecting these orcas through making a donation to Lifeforce Foundation through  Paypal.

Lifeforce Foundation
234,436 supporters
Petitioning Stephen Harper

Don't let Canada Post end door to door delivery / Sauvons la livraison à domicile

(Le français suit) AUGUST 20, 2015 - UPDATE: Since the election has been called for October 19, the 5 federal party leaders have been added as recipients of this petition because this is now an election issue. I wonder, has anyone at Canada Post ever tried to to push a stroller or a wheelchair or a walker through the snow? I don't think they realize the impact of ending door-to-door mail delivery when it comes to the parents of young children, to the disabled, and to the elderly, especially in winter.  What about the sweltering summers? Or miserable thunderstorms and heavy rain? The garbage that is going to happen around them and who is going to clean it up? Millions of Canadians were surprised and angry to learn they may have to travel kilometers to get their mail. I am the mother of two young boys. My youngest has cerebral palsy and uses a walker or wheelchair to get around. For me, Canada Post’s decision would mean having to bundle them up and struggle through the snow with a wheelchair just to get our mail.  And I am just one of thousands of Canadians who must already overcome mobility challenges on a daily basis. On top of that, 8000 employees are going to lose their jobs because of this decision! And, we’re hearing that these new “superboxes” might not be very safe. My grandfather, god rest his soul, was a WW2 veteran and became a mailman. They take their work very seriously otherwise they would not brave the weather. My current mail carrier is also proud of the service she provides for the community. Why change something that is working well for communities across Canada? This has to be stopped. A lot of people need home delivery because of their circumstances. Please sign the petition and share this with as many people as you can. The more people we get, the more solid the chances will be that Canada post and the government hear our voices!!  --- Je me demande, est-ce que quelqu'un à Postes Canada a déjà essayé de pousser une marchette, ou faire avancer une chaise roulante, ou marcher avec une canne, dans la neige? Je ne pense pas qu'ils ont conscience de l'impact de la fin du service postal à domicile sur les parents de jeunes enfants, sur les personnes aux prises avec des handicaps et sur les personnes âgées, particulièrement en hiver. Des millions de Canadiens ont été surpris et fâchés d'apprendre qu'ils devraient se déplacer parfois sur des kilomètres pour aller chercher leur courrier. Je suis la mère de deux jeunes garçons. Mon plus jeune souffre de paralysie cérébrale et doit utiliser une marchette ou une chaise roulante pour se déplacer. Dans mon cas, la décision de Postes Canada me force à habiller mes deux enfants et à me démener à pousser une chaise roulante dans la neige seulement pour pouvoir aller chercher mon courrier. Et je ne suis que l'une parmi des milliers de Canadiens qui doivent surmonter des défis de mobilité à tous les jours. De plus, 8000 employés vont perdre leur emploi en raison de cette décision! En plus, on entend parler du fait que ces "superboîtes" ne sont pas très sécuritaires. Mon grand-père, Dieu ait son âme, était un vétéran de la Deuxième Guerre Mondiale et est devenu facteur par la suite. Ces gens prennent leur travail très au sérieux, sinon ils ne braveraient pas les conditions météorologiques. Ma facteure est très fière des services qu'elle fournit à sa communauté. Pourquoi changer quelque chose qui fonctionne si bien pour les communautés locales partout au pays? Il faut arrêter cela. Nombreux sont ceux et celles qui ont besoin du service à domicile en raison de leur réalité particulière. S'il vous plaît, signez la pétition et partagez-la avec le plus de gens que vous le pouvez. Plus nous en parlerons, plus nos chances seront bonnes que Postes Canada et le gouvernement nous entendront!!

Susan Dixon
230,985 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau

Kassidi's Law: Support sexual assault survivors

We start this petition in memory of my sister Kassidi Coyle. Kassidi was just 20 years old when she took her own life, four months after being sexually assaulted. Following the assault, Kassidi suffered with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She had repeated nightmares and wasn't able to go anywhere by herself following the attack. Kassidi, who was once a bubbly and vibrant girl, was gone. It was like night and day. Support services were not readily available for Kassidi; she was placed on a four month wait list for counselling. She waited for help that wouldn’t come soon enough -- she took her own life on 1 November 2016, just weeks before her first appointment. Anyone who knew Kassidi would tell you how big of a heart she had. She would go the extra mile for someone even if she didn't know them. Kassidi was an organ donor and through her donations she saved eight lives. We don’t want anyone else to go through what Kassidi went through. Please sign our petition calling for: Increased support for sexual assault survivors including free, timely counselling and legal advice. No one should have to wait four months for help, like Kassidi did. Sentencing that reflects the devastating impact sexual assault has on survivors. We need to raise awareness of this growing problem and prevent someone else from losing their sister, aunt, daughter, or friend, because of the faults of the system. Please show your support by signing and sharing this petition. About the trial: There is currently an ongoing trial for the accused. With Kassidi no longer here to testify, we feared the case would no longer be able to proceed. My Mom fought to have Kassidi's name released so that we could share her story. With enormous public support and media attention, the trial is underway. We are praying that justice will be served and we will keep you updated. Thank you for standing with us, for Kassidi and for sexual assault survivors everywhere.

Chelsea Coyle
163,822 supporters
Petitioning Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations)

Get Canadian humanitarian out of North Korean prison!

On December 16, 2015, North Korea sentenced a Canadian pastor on a humanitarian mission to hard labor for life for "crimes against the state." Hyeon Soo Lim, a Korean-Canadian pastor from Toronto in his early sixties, was given the sentence after a swift 90-minute trial. He has been in detention since February 2015.  Pastor Lim traveled to North Korea on January 31, 2015 on a regular humanitarian mission.  Since 1997, Rev. Lim has been supporting where help is most needed, including an orphanage, public schools, and a nursing home in North Korea. He's made more than 100 trips to North Korea during the last 20 years, supplying food, textbooks, and agricultural tools to civilians. His trips were not political in nature. He was charged with "crimes" including harming the dignity of the supreme leadership, trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system, and helping U.S./South Korean authorities abduct North Korean citizens, along with assisting North Korean refugees escape the authoritarian regime. Rev. Lim admitted to these charges, which were most likely forced (other foreigners detained in North Korea and then released have said they were coerced into making similar statements and confessing guilt).  North Korea has very strict rules against any missionary or religious activities, as they are threatening to the supremacy of totalitarian leadership. Merely leaving a Bible in a public place can lead to arrest and severe punishment. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed "tremendous" concern with the sentence and noted that Canadian consular officials have not been allowed access to Lim while he's been in custody. "We certainly hope to be able to engage with this individual and stand up for his rights," Trudeau said. Diana Khaddaj, a spokeswoman for Canada's Global Affairs Department, said Canada is "dismayed at the unduly harsh sentence [...] particularly given his age and fragile health." But the Canadian government needs to express more than mere hope and dismay. How will Prime Minister Trudeau and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon respond to a humanitarian imprisoned - and most likely abused and tortured - in the world's most atrocious regime?  What we are asking for is more than possible. Last year, North Korea released Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American missionary who was convicted of anti-state crimes and had been serving a 15-year sentence.He was freed along with another American detainee after a secret visit by James Clapper, a top U.S. intelligence official. The Canadian government and the United Nations need to take strong, affirmative action NOW. If there is political will, Pastor Lim can be rescued. Few of us have the courage and dedication to jeopardize our life and liberty for the sake of those in need. But all of us can help #freepastorlim #bringlimhome. Please sign and share! The petition is available in these languages on separate pages as well:French/français Korean/한국어 Chinese/中文 Japanese/日本语 This petition was created by Ji-Soo An (U of Alberta Law School) and Hyun-Soo Lim (Yale Law School). We started the petition after reading this disheartening story on the news. For inquiries or comments, please contact us at

Free Pastor Lim
185,380 supporters
Petitioning Mr. Paul Glover, Justin Trudeau

Allow Esther the Wonder Pig to Receive Emergency Treatment and Return Home

Esther the Wonder Pig has been raised at the home of Derek Walter & Steve Jenkins, and she is the founding member of the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary in Campbellville, Ontario, where she currently resides. Esther's story has inspired hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Her book Esther the Wonder Pig: Changing the World One Heart at a Time is a NY Times Bestseller and she's made countless TV and radio appearances. While Esther is a star, to Derek and Steve, she is a very important member of their family. Esther has recently fallen ill, and is currently being treated at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph. Unfortunately, she needs immediate, urgent testing that can only be provided at Cornell University Veterinary Hospital in Ithaca, NY. The problem is that Esther would be required to undergo a 3 week quarantine upon her return to Canada after she receives the tests and treatment that she needs at Cornell. Please sign the letter below and respectfully ask The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau and Mr. Paul Glover, President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, to waive this requirement for Esther, who is truly a Canadian national treasure. #EsthersAppeal You don't have to contribute to sign, contributions made from this site go to to help them in their mission and further promote the petition. DONATIONS FOR ESTHER'S CARE SHOULD ONLY BE MADE AT HER PAGE:    

Deborah Loring
109,952 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau

Keine Trophäenjagd auf Kanada's Eisbären !

Mein Name ist Nick Kühl, ich bin Mitbegründer der Tierschutzorganisation Animal First. Bereits vor der Gründung (2013) habe ich mich für die Befreiung und den Schutz von Tieren eingesetzt. Nicht nur in Deutschland, sondern auch im Ausland. Und so hat mich auch die Trophäenjagd auf Kanada's Eisbären erreicht.   Kanada ist weit weg. Und was kann ich schon dagegen tun? Diese Fragen kennt Ihr bestimmt. Doch als ich meine Recherche began und mehr schockierende Details erfuhr wusste ich, dass ich eine Sache sofort starten muss: eine Online-Kampagne, direkt gerichtet an diejenigen Personen, die diesem Wahnsinn ein Ende bereiten können! Die gestartete Kampagne ist in englischer Sprache. Ich will Euch hier eine deutsche Version nahebringen und hoffe somit auf weitere Unterstützung. => Eisbären sind weltweit vom Aussterben bedroht. Es gibt nur noch ca 25.000! Hauptgefahren: Klimawandel (Eisschmelze) und kommerzielle Jagd! Den wundervollen Tieren schmilzt der Lebensraum unter den Pfoten weg, sie kämpfen ums Überleben. Dazu kommt, dass in Kanada jedes Jahr Hunderte Eisbären abgeschossen werden - ganz legal!!   => Kanada verkauft Jagdlizenzen an internationale Jagdreiseveranstalter, die wiederum direkt an Trophäenjäger - ganz offiziell!!  => Kanada ist das weltweit einzige Land, welches die Trophäenjagd auf Eisbären erlaubt und sogar daran verdient! So kommen jedes Jahr Trophäenjäger aus der ganzen Welt nach Kanada, zahlen bis zu 40 Tsd Dollar, um einen Eisbären zu erschiessen!    => In Kanada werden jedes Jahr bis zu 700 Eisbären von Jägern erschossen, die sich dann an ihrer "Trophäe" erfreuen! Das ist absoluter Wahnsinn. Lasst uns gemeinsam Druck auf die kanadische Regierung ausüben und das Thema erneut in die Öffentlichkeit bringen. Eisbären sind fantastische Tiere und müssen vor Aussterben und skrupelosen Jägern beschützt werden! Kanada ist weit weg, aber eine erfolgreiche Kampagne ist nah - mit Eurer Unterschrift! Im Namen von Kanada's Eisbären: vielen Dank für Deine Unterschrift und Unterstützung! Bitte teile diese Kampagne mit Deinen Freunden. Viele Grüße,Nick                                                                                                   

Nick Kühl
239,694 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau

Elizabeth May for Minister of the Environment

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, Congratulations on your sweeping majority! This new parliament will hopefully be a turning point for Canada to regain its standing on the world stage, especially on the topic of environmental action. Your party won partly on your promise for change, including how a Liberal party government would work with other parties to create the strongest Canada possible. In light of this, I propose the following: please appoint Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party, to the Environment portfolio in your new Cabinet. I can think of no Member of Parliament, from any party, who would better represent the concerns of Canadians on this topic, both at home and abroad. We need a strong voice in Paris, and November 30th is coming up quickly. Please put aside partisan politics, and live up to your promise: appoint the best people to your cabinet, regardless of party affiliation. Let's work together to make Canada the best it can be. [Edit: I realise it might be a bit idealistic to expect a cabinet position for Ms. May, even if PM Trudeau would allow her to retain her Green Party status whilst doing so, which is unlikely. I'm really not that naive. But if a petition like this (or others) can impress on him how much support she has, we can hope for some measure of change. At very least she could, as one article pointed out, be named a Special Envoy to the climate discussions in Paris. In any case, she needs to know that we support her and what she stands for.]

A Concerned Citizen
78,304 supporters
Re-Open Kitsilano Coast Guard Base

The Conservatives’ sudden closure of the Kitsilano search and rescue station – despite widespread opposition from the Premier of British Columbia, the Mayor of Vancouver, many local safety experts, and the public – is appalling and completely disregards the safety and lives of Metro Vancouver’s marine community. The Kitsilano station is the focal point for safety, both on the waters of British Columbia’s lower mainland and at Canada’s busiest marine port, Vancouver Harbour, which reports over 350 incidents a year. By moving search and rescue responders 17 nautical miles away to Richmond, the Conservatives are forcing longer emergency response times with potentially dangerous consequences. We cannot wait for disaster to strike before acknowledging its grave error and the serious need for highly skilled search and rescue responders at the Kitsilano station. That is why Liberals have been clear: we will re-open a full service Coast Guard station in Vancouver, and reinvest in marine safety and oil spill response capacity on the BC coast. The Liberal Party of Canada is emphatically opposed to the Kitsilano Coast Guard closure and will continue to fight for the safety and security of our coastal communities.

3 years ago
Open Canada to Syrian refugees!

The devastating humanitarian crisis in Syria and Iraq has rightly broken the hearts of Canadians across the country, and international society at large. In Canada, municipal and provincial leaders have already taken concrete action, as have many Canadians in a private capacity. It is time for federal leaders to step up, expand current refugee targets, and do more to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian refugees who are so desperately seeking safety. We must put partisanship aside in addressing this crisis. Justin Trudeau has proposed a meeting with Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulcair, and Elizabeth May – in order to sit down in collaboration to discuss the best course of action for Canada going forward. Unfortunately, neither Harper nor Mulcair showed any interest. If elected, a Liberal government will expand Canada’s intake of refugees from Syria by 25,000 – by January 1, 2016 – through immediate, direct sponsorship by the Government of Canada. The Liberal plan is ambitious, yet attainable, and will do more to help more Syrian refugees than either Mr. Harper or Mr. Mulcair’s plan. A Liberal government will also invest at least $100 million this fiscal year to increase – without reducing standards – refugee processing, as well as sponsorship and settlement services capacity in Canada. Finally, we will immediately contribute $100 million to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, to support critical relief activities in Syria and the surrounding region. Canadians know that our country can – and must – do more to offer safe haven to the men, women, and children who are currently fleeing persecution in Syria and Iraq.

3 years ago
Pass A Federal Act to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women in Canada

The disappearance and death of nearly 1,200 Indigenous women and girls, including those from the Highway of Tears, is an ongoing national tragedy that must come to an end. Despite repeated appeals from the families of victims, provincial governments, Indigenous communities, and international organizations, the Prime Minister has repeatedly refused to call a public inquiry. Mr. Harper is on the wrong side of history. This issue requires national leadership and action to put an end to this violence. A Liberal government will immediately launch a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada, to seek recommendations on concrete actions that governments, law enforcement, and others can take to solve these crimes and prevent future ones. Working together with experts and advocates, we will develop and implement a comprehensive federal gender violence strategy and action plan. We will give more support to survivors of sexual assault and ensure that more perpetrators are brought to justice.  We will also review current gender and culturally sensitive training policies for federal front-line law enforcement officers to ensure that they are strong, effective, and able to encourage more survivors to report incidents to police.

3 years ago
End Solitary Confinement in Canadian Prisons

Liberals understand that solitary confinement has serious psychological effects on inmates, who will be returned not just to the general prison population – but to society – at some point. The Conservatives’ “tough on crime” agenda is focused on punitive measures and ideological posturing rather than measures to keep Canadians safe. While solitary confinement is supposed to be used as a last resort, former Liberal Member of Parliament and Justice Minister, Irwin Cotler, obtained figures from the government that indicate that over 20 percent of prisoners spend time in solitary. Moreover, correctional investigator Howard Sapers has found that solitary confinement is now “a default population management strategy.” Disturbingly, the Conservative government has relied on stigma, myths, and stereotypes to develop legislation that is unlikely to have a significant impact on crime. The Liberal Party is committed to addressing mental health issues by working with victims’ advocates, provincial governments, and members of the legal and mental health communities to further modernize our system. Whether this comes through investments in early detection or the support of mental health courts, progress can be made that actually helps prevent such crimes from occurring in the first place. A Liberal government will focus on protecting Canadians and making our communities safer by pursuing evidence-based policies that reduce crime and prevent re-offending, such as rehabilitative programs that are proven to limit repeat offences.

3 years ago
Federal Legalization of Cannabis in Canada

Canada’s current system of marijuana prohibition does not work. It does not prevent young people from using marijuana, and too many Canadians end up with criminal records for possessing small amounts of the drug. To ensure that we keep marijuana out of the hands of children, and the profits out of the hands of criminals, the Liberal Party of Canada will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana. We will remove marijuana consumption and incidental possession from the Criminal Code, and create new, stronger laws to punish more severely those who provide it to minors, those who operate a motor vehicle while under its influence, and those who sell it outside of the new regulatory framework. We will also create a federal/provincial/territorial task force, and with input from experts in public health, substance abuse, and law enforcement, will design a new system of strict marijuana sales and distribution, with appropriate federal and provincial excise taxes applied. The NDP’s decriminalization-only program will keep production and distribution in the hands of gangs, will do nothing to keep it out of the hands of children or protect Canadians’ public safety concerns, and will allows gangs to collect the proceeds. A Liberal government will act responsibly and swiftly on this issue. You can find more information here:

3 years ago
Chefs de partis: Engagez-vous à participer à un débat sur les enjeux qui affectent les femmes

Je suis heureux d’avoir accepté de participer à « Place au débat », et j’ai hâte d’y prendre part. J’espère que Stephen Harper et Thomas Mulcair confirmeront eux aussi leur participation à cette initiative importante. Il est crucial de veiller à ce que les intérêts des femmes soient mis en avant lors de cette campagne électorale. En tant que père, je tiens à savoir que ma fille aura les mêmes opportunités que mes garçons, recevra un salaire égal pour un travail égal et pourra prendre ses propres décisions relativement à son corps. Je tiens à savoir qu’elle aura autant d’occasions de prendre part à notre économie et au processus décisionnel que ses collègues masculins, et qu’elle bénéficiera du même respect et des mêmes droits. Les défis auxquels les femmes font face sont notre affaire à tous et, à ce titre, nous avons tous un intérêt manifeste à obtenir l’égalité pleine et entière pour les femmes dans tous les aspects de la société. Nous savons que la pleine participation des femmes au marché du travail est cruciale pour notre croissance économique. Selon Recherche économique RBC, l’augmentation du nombre de travailleuses au cours des trois dernières décennies a résulté en une contribution de l’ordre de 130 milliards de dollars à l’activité économique. Nous devons mener des débats de fond sur des questions comme le renforcement de la participation des femmes dans l’économie, les services de garde, la violence domestique, la santé et l’environnement, ainsi que l’équité salariale, entre autres choses. En ma qualité de législateur et chef du Parti libéral du Canada, je suis résolument engagé envers l’évolution des politiques qui feront du Canada un pays plus équitable pour les deux sexes. Je suis fier que notre parti ait fermement soutenu le droit des femmes au libre choix. Nous voulons que les Canadiennes et les Canadiens sachent qu’en votant pour les libéraux, ils éliront un représentant qui soutiendra et défendra les droits des femmes. De même, je suis fier d’avoir annoncé qu’un gouvernement libéral veillera à ce qu’un nombre égal de femmes et d’hommes accèdent au cabinet et au processus de nomination du gouvernement fédéral, et que nous intégrerons concrètement l’analyse comparative entre les sexes dans le processus décisionnel du cabinet et des ministères fédéraux. En outre, un gouvernement libéral prendra des mesures constructives pour lutter contre la violence faite aux femmes, y compris en lançant une enquête immédiate sur les femmes et les filles autochtones portées disparues et assassinées. Je suis fermement convaincu que notre société fonctionne le mieux quand les femmes sont à l’avant-plan, réussissant dans tous les aspects de l’économie et de la vie publique. Cela signifie également que nous devons trouver des moyens d’éliminer les obstacles qui entravent encore la pleine participation des femmes dans la société, que ce soit ici ou à l’étranger.

4 years ago
Federal Party Leaders: Join an Election Debate that Speaks to Women

I am pleased to have accepted – and look forward to taking part in – “Up For Debate”, and I hope that Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair will confirm their participation in this important initiative as well. Ensuring that women’s interests are at the forefront of this election campaign is essential. As a father, I want to know that my daughter will have the same opportunities as my sons, receive equal pay for equal work, and be able to make decisions about her own body. I want to know that she will be just as likely to be involved in our economy and in the decision-making as her male counterparts, and that she will be afforded the same respect and rights. Women’s issues affect us all, and as such, we all have a vested interest in achieving full and substantive equality for women in all facets of society. We know that women’s full participation in the workforce is crucial to our economic growth. According to RBC Economics, the increase in female labour force participation over the past three decades has resulted in a $130 billion contribution to economic activity. We need to have substantive discussions about issues like increasing women’s participation in the economy, child care, domestic violence, health and the environment, and pay equity, among others. As a legislator and Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, I am deeply committed to advancing policies that will make Canada a more gender-equitable country. I am proud that our party has taken a strong stance in support of women’s right to choose. We want Canadians to know that when they vote Liberal they will get a representative who supports and defends women’s rights. Equally, I am proud to have announced that a Liberal government will ensure an equal number of women and men in Cabinet and in the federal government’s appointment process, and that meaningful gender-based analysis will be a key part of the decision-making process in Cabinet and across federal departments. Furthermore, a Liberal government will take meaningful steps to address violence against women, including by launching an immediate inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. I fundamentally believe that our society works best when women are at the forefront – successful in all parts of the economy and public life. But this means we have to find ways to break down the barriers that still stand in the way of women’s full participation in society, both here at home and abroad.

4 years ago