Linda Duncan to speak at Women’s March

For Immediate Release

EDONTON - Linda Duncan (MP Edmonton Strathcona) will join millions across North America and around the world coming together to speak in defence of women’s, immigrants and broader human rights.

Duncan will speak at the Edmonton Women’s March gathering at 1 pm at the Alberta Legislature grounds on Saturday, January 21.

The political rhetoric of the past year in Canada and the United States has raised growing concerns about the erosion of hard fought rights for women, immigrants, Muslims, people of colour, the LGBTQ community, indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, and survivors of sexual assault.

According to Duncan, “The tone of democratic debate in our country is being increasingly eroded by a minority voicing denigrating and sometimes violent threats towards minorities. This has involved insults and threats to many of my female colleagues including those elected or seeking office. I will join those gathering to call for the end to divisiveness and for the rights of everyone regardless of sex, race or sexual preferences, to participate in society. As Rosemary Brown, the first black woman elected to a legislature in Canada, has said: ‘Until all of us have made it, none of us have made it.’ “

For Duncan few have expressed it better than her former leader Jack Layton in saying “love is better than anger, hope is better than fear, optimism is better than despair.”