NDP joins call for missing women inquiry

Thomas Mulcair. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Thomas Mulcair. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:02 PM ET

OTTAWA — Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair says an NDP government would launch a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women on its first day in office.

Both the NDP and Liberals have said the current government is heartless in its opposition to the inquiry.

"Enough is enough," Mulcair said Wednesday morning. "Stephen Harper has made it clear he has no intention of doing the right thing."

Police statistics show Aboriginal women are roughly six times more likely to be victims of violence than their non-Aboriginal counterparts. Native women make up 4.3% of the total population, yet they comprise 16% of murder victims. The numbers are even higher for Aboriginal men.

More than 1,200 Aboriginal women have been murdered or missing in the past 30 years, and Mulcair said if an equivalent number of non-Aboriginal women had been murdered, an inquiry would have already begun.

"It is inconceivable that we, as a country, allowed this situation to continue," he said.

 

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