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Carolyn Bennett, MP



My Opposition Day Motion on missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls

Posted on February 14, 2013


Today I tabled the motion below on behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada, which was the subject of debate in the House of Commons all day and will be voted on the week of February 26th.

Click here for my speech in the House of Commons

Click here for a full transcript of the debate over the course of the day.

Click here for part one of  APTN’s Thursday Political Panel on missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.

Click here for part two of APTN’s Thursday Political Panel on missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls

Text of Motion

That the House recognize that a disproportionate number of Indigenous women and girls have suffered violence, gone missing, or been murdered over the past three decades; that the government has a responsibility to provide justice for the victims, healing for the families, and to work with partners to put an end to the violence; and that a special committee be appointed, with the mandate to conduct hearings on the critical matter of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada, and to propose solutions to address the root causes of violence against Indigenous women across the country; that the committee consist of twelve members which shall include seven members from the government party, four members from the Official Opposition and one member from the Liberal Party, provided that the Chair is from the government party; that in addition to the Chair, there be one Vice-Chair from each of the opposition parties; that the committee have all of the powers of a Standing Committee as provided in the Standing Orders, as well as the power to travel, accompanied by the necessary staff, inside and outside of Canada, subject to the usual authorization from the House; that the members to serve on the said committee be appointed by the Whip of each party depositing with the Clerk of the House a list of his or her party’s members of the committee no later than March 28, 2013; that the quorum of the special committee be seven members for any proceedings, provided that at least a member of the opposition and of the government party be present; that membership substitutions be permitted to be made from time to time, if required, in the manner provided for in Standing Order 114(2); and that the Committee report its recommendations to the House no later than February 14, 2014.

Que la Chambre reconnaisse qu’un nombre disproportionné de femmes et de filles autochtones ont été violentées, portées disparues ou assassinées au cours des trente dernières années; qu’il incombe au gouvernement de rendre justice aux victimes, de ressourcer les familles et de collaborer avec les partenaires pour mettre fin à la violence; et qu’un comité spécial soit chargé de tenir des audiences sur le problème crucial des disparitions et des assassinats de femmes et de filles autochtones et de proposer des remèdes aux causes fondamentales de la violence faite aux femmes autochtones; et que le comité soit composé de douze membres, dont sept membres du parti gouvernemental, quatre membres de l’Opposition officielle, un membre du Parti libéral, pourvu que le président soit issu du parti gouvernemental; qu’en plus du président, un vice-président provienne de chaque parti de l’opposition; que le comité dispose de tous les pouvoirs que le Règlement confère aux comités permanents, en plus du pouvoir de voyager, accompagné du personnel nécessaire, à l’intérieur et à l’extérieur du Canada, sujet à l’autorisation habituelle de la Chambre; que le comité soit composé des députés inscrits sur une liste que le whip de chaque parti déposera auprès de la Greffière de la Chambre, au plus tard le 28 mars 2013; que le quorum du comité spécial soit fixé à sept membres pour toute délibération, sous réserve qu’un membre de l’opposition et un membre du parti gouvernemental soient présents; que les membres de ce comité puissent, à l’occasion, et si nécessaire, se faire remplacer conformément aux dispositions de l’article 114(2) du Règlement; que le comité fasse rapport de ses recommandations à la Chambre au plus tard le 14 février 2014.



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