By Gordon Lambie
With July first, and the end of many leases in Quebec, right around the corner, Sherbrooke MNA Christine Labrie gathered with Québec solidaire housing critic Andrés Fontecilla and the members of several local organizations defending women’s rights on Wednesday to denounce what she said was a lack of adequate resources from the Coalition Avenir Quebec(CAQ) for women living through experiences of conjugal or sexual violence.
“Last week, when Quebec was hit by its 13th femicide of the year, Minister Geneviève Guilbault said that the CAQ had done everything it could to prevent such tragedies. That is false. Not only is the CAQ not meeting all the needs expressed by organizations helping victims of domestic and sexual violence, but it is also not acting to combat the housing crisis by increasing the supply of affordable housing available, even though it is one of the keys to protecting (these women) and ensuring their exit from violent environments,” Labrie said.