Open letter to Cathy McLeod regarding M444

M-444, a motion for a National Action Plan to Address Violence Against Women

Dear Ms. McLeod;

I am a constituent in the riding you represent and I think its disgraceful that you voted against M-444, a motion for a National Action Plan to Address Violence Against Women.

Violence against women is still a very real threat.  Are you aware that in our country one woman is killed every week because of domestic violence?  How can you, as a woman and former health care professional, be so out of touch with this issue and the constituents in the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding?

Are you unaware of what happened to Angila Wilson in Clearwater last year?  This mother of three was killed by her estranged partner with three children in the home – all under the age of seven years.

She lost her life and her babies lost a stable, loving home with their mother.  Its hard to fathom everything else they have lost.  They have been in foster care for over a year while Angila’s family fights the system to gain custody.

Clearwater is a very small community.  This tragedy touched everyone I know.

Please explain to me in your own words why you think that as a nation we don’t need a coordinated National Action Plan to Address Violence Against Women.

With votes like this, and others you have been making recently, I find it increasingly difficult to believe that you are in office to represent the constituents in your riding.  I am angry, frustrated, and saddened by your lack of understanding and compassion.

Charlene Lau,

Clearwater, B.C.