“A day of lost innocence, of sorrow and shame” – Remembering Polytechnique

December 6, 2010 § Leave a comment


Today marks the 21st anniversary of one of the worst hate crimes in Canadian history. On December 6th, 1989 Marc Lépine killed 14 women, and wounded 13 women and 4 men at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. The female victims were killed for no other reason than for being women.

That these women were gunned down for no other reason than their gender is as incomprehensible now as it was in 1989. While we cannot, and probably never will, be able to make sense of the events of that day, we can work to ensure that it never happens again,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said.

Killed were: Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie LeMay, Sonia Pelletier, Michele Richard, Annie St-Arneault and Annie Turcotte.

Remembered today as a day to combat violence acts committed against women, Governor General David Johnston is quoted in thestar.com as stating:

On this day, we will act. We will push back against prejudice, fight against unfairness, and refuse to turn a blind eye on such deplorable deeds. We must learn to co-exist side-by-side, to co-operate with one another, to contribute to the advancement of all who live within our great country of Canada. On this sombre occasion, I challenge all Canadians to come together on this day—and every day—to bring an end to all forms of violence against women.”

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