On Dec. 6, 1989, 20 years ago tomorrow, a gunman entered a classroom in Montreal’s École Polytechnique. He separated the men from the women, then shot the women, shouting, “I hate feminists!” as he did so. Fourteen young women died. Ten more were injured. Four men were also shot.
As Canadians across the land prepare to observe the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, it seems a fitting time to take stock of where we are in the fight to end violence against women.
Canadian women are rightfully counted among the most fortunate in the world, our rights protected by law and supported by the progressive attitudes of citizens male and female.