As we commemorate the antifeminist attack that took place 34 years ago at École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989, I join people across the country in honouring the memory of the 14 young women killed during this act of terror and hate, and in condemning all forms of violence and abuse against women.
I also wish to express my deep solidarity with those who are fighting to eradicate gender-based violence. In 1989, as a 10th grade student, full of aspirations of where my education would take me, the Polytechnique tragedy had a profound impact on me and my awareness of women’s rights.
Abuse, violence and discrimination based on gender are still a reality today. This has to stop. It is our common responsibility to ensure that these events are a thing of the past and that they never happen again.
Christina M. Smith
Mayor of Westmount