Kelowna Lake Country MP Ron Cannan (left) and fellow MP Joy Smith

Kelowna Lake Country MP Ron Cannan (left) and fellow MP Joy Smith

Manitoba MP hears from Kelowna groups about need to help end violence against women

MP Joy Smith says it's clear more money is need by the federal and provincial governments to fight the problem.

Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan hosted a round-table discussion Friday with representatives of local social agencies and a visiting MP from Manitoba, in a bid to find ways to help end the sexual exploitation of, and violence against, women in Canada.

Visiting MP Joy Smith (Kildornan-St. Paul) said the problems of violence against women and exploitation, as well as human trafficking, exist everywhere in this country and more needs to be done to fight it.

“I think if more people knew what happens in the underbelly of our communities, they would be shocked,” said Smith, whose son is an RCMP officer with the integrated child exploitation unit.

She said the message she heard loud and clear from the Kelowna representatives was that more money needs to be provided by the federal and provincial governments to help fight the problem and she said while some strides have been made at the federal level – with recent legislation requiring mandatory minimum sentences for those convicted of trafficking underage girls and extending Canadian law to those accused of sex crimes abroad— more needs to be done.

She praised local groups for working together, something she said is not always the case in other parts of the country.

Smith said she would take back what she heard here to press Ottawa to take further action.


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