“Today marks the 26th anniversary of the murder of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. It is a solemn day to remember the victims of this senseless attack, a dark day in our country’s past which we must never forget. “Today should not only be about remembering. It should be about standing together to take action. Ending violence against women is a shared responsibility. It takes concrete action from all of us – governments, the justice system, media, private sector, community organizations and everyday citizens. “Whatever action we take, we must extend a hand to men and boys, along with women and girls to help make a lasting change. “As Canadians, let us use this time of remembrance to speak out against inexcusable acts of violence against women.”