THUNDER BAY – POLITICS 2.0 – The New Democrats have announced that an NDP government will make an investment of $590 million over four years to advance gender equality and to end violence against women in our communities. For far too long, women and girls who are survivors of violence have been left behind by Liberal and Conservative governments.
NDP candidate Anna Betty Achneepineskum (Thunder Bay-Superior North) says that this announcement will bring the necessary help and support for those who need it in the region.
“Women and girls who are survivors of violence in Thunder Bay are finding it hard to get the support they need and it shouldn’t be that way,” said Achneepineskum. “The Liberals failed to back up their words with strong action to end violence against women and the Conservatives cut funding for women’s groups. The NDP will do things differently and invest in frontline services and advocacy to help those who need it.”
The NDP states that the party will develop a National Action Plan to end gender-based violence, backed by funding to ensure that shelter services and other programs are available in all regions of the country, especially areas that have traditionally been under-served.
“Canada’s staggering rates of violence against Indigenous women, girls, and LGBTQI2S+ people is an indication that we must do better,” added Achneepineskum. “An NDP government will do better.”
New Democrats will also address violence against Indigenous women, girls, and LGBTQI2S+ people by working with Indigenous peoples to implement the Calls for Justice of the National Inquiry.
The New Democrats are feeling what the party is calling the “Singh Surge” as the NDP is up several points in the national polls since the federal leader’s debates last week.