Miramichi – A crowd of approximately 50 people gathered in front of the office of Conservative Miramichi MP, Tilly O’Neill-Gordon on Sunday evening, December 6th, to commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and to oppose Bill C-391 which calls for the dismantling of gun registration in Canada.
O’Neill-Gordon declined the invitation to attend the vigil but that didn’t stop participants of the vigil from sending a message and asking some questions in front of her office.
“Mrs. O’Neill-Gordon, how can you let voters of your riding believe that one day you are against violence of women and young girls and on another day, you vote to support Bill C-391 to dismantle the long gun registry in Canada? It is these same guns that are used on a daily basis to hurt and kill women and young girls!”
O’Neill-Gordon recently spoke before 300 people attending an Awareness Session on Family Violence and Violence Against Women at the New Brunswick Community College in Miramichi. She said that through collaboration and activism, she envisions a day when women and young girls won’t have to live in fear of violence. “I cannot and will not ignore this important issue. We need to remember,” said O’Neill-Gordon. “Without exception, violence against women universally diminishes, damages and even destroys the lives it touches.”
Participants of the vigil left a bouquet of 14 red roses on her office doorstep in remembrance of the 14 victims of the Montreal Massacre as well as some special thoughts for Hillary Bonnell, the 16 year-old girl from the Esgenoopetitj First Nation (Burnt Church) who was murdered this fall.