Randall Garrison's Statement on Day of Pink - April 13, 2016

Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt - Saanich - Sooke, NDP): Mr. Speaker, today marks the Day of Pink, a day to raise awareness about bullying and a day to stand up to call for an end to bullying. New Democrats wear pink today to stand collectively with the victims to say no to homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, classism, ableism, and all forms of discrimination that provide tools and targets for bullies.

Bullying in all its forms has a detrimental impact not just on its victims, but on our society as a whole. We have all heard the stories and seen the statistics that show increasing rates of youth self-harm and suicide.

Studies have concluded that bullying is not a behaviour that bullies outgrow but rather is a behaviour that matures into more serious issues of harassment and abuse.

Bullying can be stopped. It's not simply a part of growing up. We need to get to the root of the problem of bullying and work to put an end to the cycle of bullying.

The New Democrat team is committed to taking on the issue of bullying in Parliament not only today, but every day and doing so in ways that actually get results.