Debates of the Senate  
1st Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 148, Issue 166
  Tuesday, May 28, 2013
 
Question on Inquiry into Violence Against Women
Senator Dyck: I want to thank Senator Fortin-Duplessis for her gracious comments regarding Aboriginal women. Would she support a national inquiry into the question of the missing and murdered Aboriginal women?

Senator Fortin-Duplessis: No, I am not conducting an inquiry.

Senator Dyck: I apologize.

[English]

I was trying to be nice and practise my French, but clearly it is not good.

Hon. Senators: Hear, hear.

Senator Dyck: I will try once more, slowly; and I probably will not say it correctly.

[Translation]

Would the honourable senator support a national inquiry into the question of the missing and murdered Aboriginal women?

Senator Fortin-Duplessis: Honourable senators, a House of Commons committee is beginning a study at this time, as I mentioned in my speech. Personally, I do not believe we on this side will be beginning a national inquiry into this issue. However, the government is doing a great deal. It has already invested $25 million to tackle the serious problem of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. That money is being used to improve the responses of both law enforcement and the justice system and to help improve victims' services.

I am confident that the government will do even more. It will investigate this further and introduce measures to stop the abuse and murder of Aboriginal women.