Gerry Rogers Question Period (11.04.2013)

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John's Centre.

MS ROGERS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Government has hidden the sexual exploitation report and its ten pages of recommendations for two-and-a-half years. Mr. Speaker, youth are being sexually exploited for shelter, for food, and for drugs. They are in danger right now.

I ask the minister: What is she doing to protect them now?

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MS JOHNSON: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, violence and violence prevention is an issue that we take very seriously as a government. Our record shows that we take this issue very seriously through our Violence Prevention Initiative which has been touted as one of the best in the country. We have done very active initiatives when it comes to violence.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MS JOHNSON: Mr. Speaker, when speaking of the report itself, we have a responsibility to take advice from the RNC. They are the experts, Mr. Speaker, when it comes to public safety. Any mention at all of this report, it was advised that this would have put people – particularly vulnerable people – in harm's way.

I see the member shaking her head. I would expect from a member, such as the member opposite, that she would want to protect vulnerable women, Mr. Speaker. It is a shame to see that she is shaking –

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please!

The member has time for a quick question.

MS ROGERS:Mr. Speaker, how many of the recommendations of this report have the minister achieved now?

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MS JOHNSON: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, our government's record on violence prevention is solid. We have brought in numerous initiatives when it comes to violence prevention.

Mr. Speaker, the easiest thing to do would have been to speak to these recommendations. We have acted on many and will be acting on more of them when we release violence prevention II.

The fact remains that we have to ensure public safety. We have to ensure the safety of vulnerable people, in this instance mostly women. I would expect the same from the member opposite. It is shameful.

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