August 13th, 2020

Statement from NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on attacks and harassment of women in politics

TORONTO – NDP Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement:

“The recent string of attacks and harassing behaviour against Minister Catherine McKenna, Minister Lisa MacLeod and Ottawa Deputy Mayor Laura Dudas is a disturbing reminder that woman leaders in every sector are still subjected far too often to violent, abusive behaviour.

No woman should have her sense of security threatened in the home, workplace or in public. I stand with my colleagues in denouncing these acts of hate towards women in the political community, and hope to see the perpetrators held fully accountable for their actions.

Women enter politics and leadership to improve the lives of families in our communities and throughout our country. We need more women to run, and to lead. We must work collaboratively to ensure that more women, especially Black, Indigenous, women of colour, and women in the LGBTQ2+ communities can safely and fully participate in the political process, without the threat of violence.”