Message from Bob Rae:
It is an honour for me to send greetings to everyone here tonight at this fundraiser for anti-bullying programmed as part of the preparation for the International Day Against Homophobia and I am sorry that my schedule does not allow me to be there with you. I would like to thank Jeremy Dias and everybody involved with Jeremy’s Vision for all their hard work and for making tonight such a success.
Sadly, the reality is that bullying is far too prevalent. In Canada alone, 1 in 10 girls and 1 in 5 boys report being bullied at least twice a month, and this statistic is even starker among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) students, 65% of whom say they feel unsafe at school.
Together Canadians recently celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, it is important to remember that in Canada everyone has a right to safety and security. We all have a role to play – in politics, in our schools, in sports, everywhere – to make sure that our communities are places where people feel safe and secure, welcome and accepted.
On April 11th we wore pink to symbolize our stand against bullying, discrimination, homophobia and transphobia. Tomorrow and everyday thereafter, the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary caucus, where I am lucky to work with someone like the Honourable Dr. Hedy Frye, will continue to fight for a safer, more equal and a more just country for all our children.