Ontario women’s advocate upset by Liberal government
The head of a center for abused women in Ontario says she was “crushed” and “very, very deeply upset” by the “horrific” comments made by Liberal members of the ethics committee.
Megan Walker, Executive Director of the London Abused Women’s Center (LAWC) helps women and teenage girls who have been abused by their intimate partners or buyers of sex.
Last february she said the parliamentary committee on access to information, privacy and ethics that 143 women aided by LAWC last year said: “that technology was used in their assault and 64 others reported that pornography was prevalent in their relationship and that they were often forced to act out the scenes. in pornography. And she will have been in contact with Pornhub on several occasions to have it removed and was unsuccessful.
Walker told the Western standard his reaction after seeing the committee continue its hearings on Monday.
“In fact, it shocked me to see the Liberals particularly politicize this issue and talk about the great work the Liberals have done, instead of looking for solutions to the horrific atrocities women and girls face. I was really overwhelmed to see that, ”Walker said.
“It was probably the most horrible thing I have seen the Liberals do. And you know how sometimes you see someone doing something stupid, stupid, or outrageous, and you feel embarrassed for them? This is what I felt. I just felt that they had missed this incredible opportunity to work collectively and cooperatively for the best interests of women and girls. And instead, it was embarrassing to watch them talk endlessly about the Liberal Party and the Liberal government.
NDP MP Charlie Angus had a similar view on the proceedings, as the Western standard previously reported. After Liberal MP Brenda Shanahan announced Liberal fundraising pledges and then took political shots at the NDP and Conservatives, Angus interrupted.
“We are talking about child rape here. If she wants to do liberal handstands, she can do it elsewhere. We have a few minutes to get answers whether the laws of this nation are enforced or not. If she has some ridiculous points to make, she can do it elsewhere, ”Angus said.
Regarding Shanahan’s claims, Walker said the federal government has cut funding for his organization.
“And frankly, the Liberal government has failed women and girls by cutting funding for trafficking. They say they distributed it. Our agency lost over $ 800,000 over five years in trafficking funding, which was replaced by $ 200,000 over two years. “
Walker said his clients’ pornography problems vary. Sometimes “revenge porn” occurs after a breakup, where then consensual videos are posted without consent, sometimes including the name and address of the victim. Walker also asked six parents to contact her as a man posing as a boy asked young teenage girls to perform sex acts on a webcam and then posted the videos online. She also says that since the start of the pandemic, human traffickers who sent women to sell sex are now putting them on webcams.
In 2019, the Liberal government adopted Bill C-75 allow sanctions for trafficking in human beings to be considered as minor summary convictions. Those charged could be released on bail the next day, and even after their conviction face a fine of $ 5,000. Bill C-22, which is now making its way through Parliament, would make simple house arrest a sentencing option for those found guilty of human trafficking.
“The Liberal government is minimizing the impact of trafficking on the lives of women and girls. And he doesn’t understand what trafficking is, so even if we take these girls out of their trafficker, this trafficker is just going to look for another girl to replace her, ”Walker said.
At Monday’s committee hearing, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said his government would introduce legislation so that a regulator can ensure online platforms remove harmful content. Walker, who said she had no political affiliation, said she supported Bill C-277, tabled on March 24 by Conservative Quebec MP Pierre Paul-Hus.
“He advocates that there will be no more concurrent sentences and that the preliminary hearings be reduced so that the woman only has to appear once at a preliminary hearing, and that the police services through the countries are supported with the financial and other resources that they need, ”Walker said.
“If we value the lives of women and girls, we need to take immediate action. If we choose to prioritize the so-called rights of an abuser, then we are showing women and girls that their lives don’t matter. And so, in my opinion, the rights of injured parties should always come before the rights of the author. And that doesn’t seem to be happening in our government right now.
Harding is a Western standard Saskatchewan-based correspondent