Statement by the Prime Minister marking International Women’s Day
March 08, 2007
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the occasion of International Women’s Day:

“Ending Violence Against Women: Action for Real Results, is Canada’s International Women’s Day theme for 2007, and reflects our government’s resolve to introduce effective measures that put an end to violent crimes and provide women the assistance they need.

“Canada's New Government understands the impact that violence has on the lives of women and families across the country, and the importance of change today that will last for generations to come. Canadians want assurance that our nation is a safe and secure place to live and raise families, that we remain a peaceful, law-abiding society, and our victims of crime are respected and their voices heard.

“Over the past year, Canada’s New Government has been delivering positive change for Canadian women and their families.

“We have introduced significant pieces of legislation to strengthen our justice system. Our proposed legislation includes stricter conditions on sexual and violent offenders, tougher mandatory minimum penalties for gun crimes, and raising the age of protection from sexual exploitation.

“One of our proud initiatives includes addressing the long-standing issue of matrimonial property rights, which has unfairly prevented on-reserve Aboriginal women from equal property rights.

“By introducing new measures and supporting effective programs, we are working to provide all women in Canada with a sense of security and opportunity.”

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