Montreal Massacre Anniversary

December 6, 2011 by staff 

Montreal Massacre Anniversary, Canadian politicians gathered on Parliament Hill to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the gun slayings of 14 women at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique, but Conservative MPs were not among them.

About 400 people attended the memorial Tuesday morning, including NDP interim leader Nycole Turmel and Liberal interim leader Bob Rae.  But organizers said they did not invite Conservative MPs because of the government’s plan to scrap to the long-gun registry.

Suzanne Laplante Edward, whose daughter was among the women murdered at école Polytechnique, said the move to end the registry was a personal affront to her.  Wendy Cukier, president of the Coalition for Gun Control, also spoke at the memorial, saying dismantling the long-gun registry might result in needless deaths.

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union co-organized the commemoration. The keynote speaker at an earlier event Tuesday morning was former governor general Michaëlle Jean.

Jean spoke at length about the importance of fighting violence against women but was mum on the subject of the long-gun registry.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper released a statement to mark the deaths of the 14 women who were gunned down by Marc Lépine on Dec. 6, 1989.

“While the senseless events of that day will never fully be understood, we must continue to do our utmost to ensure such a tragedy never occurs again and to protect society’s most vulnerable,” Harper said.

“Our Government is making significant investments to end violence against women and girls in communities across the country and will continue to advocate for the fair and unbiased treatment of all citizens.”

A clause-by-clause study of Bill C-19, the legislation to end the long-gun registry, is set to begin Tuesday.

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