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Carolyn Bennett, MP


Ebola documents

Posted on October 20, 2014 | No Comments

Please find below links to a number of documents, which I was pleased to receive regarding Ebola preparedness. It is clear that there were indeed lessons learned from our previous experience dealing with SARS.

Letter from Ontario Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins

Letter from the President and CEO of Women’s College Hospital

CMOH Directive



Happy Persons Day!

Posted on October 18, 2014 | No Comments

Persons Day marks the 85th anniversary of the historic decision to include women in the legal definition of “persons” in Canada.  On October 18th we celebrate the ‘Famous Five’ – the five brave women who fought this case for equality on behalf of all Canadian women.


The Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Women’s Caucus with the statue of the Famous Five on Parliament Hill.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Governor General’s Persons Day Award which recognizes outstanding contributions made to the goal of equality for women and girls in Canada: Elizabeth Atcheson, Louise Champoux-Paillé, Tracy Porteous, Chantal Thanh Laplante (Youth Award) and Emilie Nicolas (Youth Award).


In the House: October 10

Posted on October 10, 2014 | No Comments

I was honoured to rise today, on the eve of the International Day of the Girl Child, to both celebrate the advocacy of Nobel Laureate Malala and to draw attention to the serious challenges and dangers that Indigenous girls face right here at home.

A full transcript of my remarks is below.

Hon. Carolyn Bennett (St. Paul’s, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, on the UN International Day of the Girl Child and inspired by the fearless advocacy of Nobel laureate Malala, we must reflect on the action needed here in Canada regarding indigenous girls. Twenty-three per cent of female murder victims in Canada are indigenous even though they are only 4% of the population.

Will the Prime Minister finally accept this ongoing tragedy reflects complex sociological issues, such as racism, sexism, poverty, foster care, education, and call an inquiry to keep indigenous girls in Canada safe?

Mrs. Susan Truppe (Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women, CPC): Mr. Speaker, our action plan brings together many measures to combat violence against aboriginal women and girls, and we on this side of the House are proud of it.

I am also proud that on October 11, Canada and the world is celebrating International Day of the Girl Child. On this day, our government recognizes girls as powerful agents of change and leaders of today and tomorrow.

This government, with the help of Plan Canada, has worked tirelessly to make International Day of the Girl Child a reality and Canada led the international community of the United Nations in building support for establishing this day, which is now celebrated both domestically and internationally.

We on this side of the House are proud of International Day of the Girl Child.

Nation to Nation with Nigel Newlove: Jails, juries and the panel tackles a scathing environment report

Posted on October 10, 2014 | No Comments

Click here for the political panel’s insight into this week it’s a scathing environment report and that of the Correctional Investigator  

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Joe Natale’s speech at Canada2020

Posted on October 10, 2014 | No Comments

I was so pleased to attend the Canada 2020 conference earlier this month to hear from speakers from across the country about their vision for the […]

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Toronto Foundation’s Vital Signs report

Posted on October 8, 2014 | No Comments

Toronto Foundation has just released its annual Vital Signs report which looks at the state of the city’s demographics, health and wellness, safety, work, housing and economic health, […]

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Meeting with the College of Family Physicians of Canada

Posted on October 7, 2014 | No Comments

Yesterday I met with some inspiring representatives from the College of Family Physicians. They shared with me the CFPC’s 2014 report The Seven Wonders of Family […]

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October 4th Sisters in Spirit Vigil on Parliament Hill

Posted on October 4, 2014 | No Comments

I was both humbled and moved to stand on the steps of Parliament today in solidarity with the families and loved ones of missing and murdered […]

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In the House: October 4th

Posted on October 3, 2014 | No Comments

I rose in the House today to speak about the need for an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.  The full transcript is […]

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In the House: Violence against women

Posted on October 1, 2014 | No Comments

I was honoured to stand in the House yesterday to speak on the critical issue of violence against women.  You can read my full comments below. […]

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