December 6

“A government which lays white roses with one hand and distributes firearms with the other”

-Laval MP Nicole Demers (Bloc Québecois)

There was no mistaking the partisan nut-roasting but, as far as I’m concerned, point taken Mme. Demers!  The gun registry was Parliament’s tangible response to the massacre of December 6, 1989 and there is significant outrage at the Conservative government’s chipping away at it.  Particularly galling is the fact that the killer of the fourteen women at Université de Montréal’s l’École Polytechnique used a rifle, a “long gun”, which is the part of the gun registry the Conservatives are vowing to scrap first.

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Massacre at 20


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20 years after the Montreal Massacre

December 4, 2009

It is nearly 20 years to the day that a man with a legally acquired rifle entered our school and shot 23 people, including me, Nathalie Provost. Several of our close friends were among the 14 young women who died on Dec. 6, 1989 at l’École Polytechnique. Our crime? We were women and we wanted to become engineers. And an angry man was able to easily get access to a lethal weapon.

Twenty years after that fateful day, we the survivors and former students would ask that you reflect on how far we have come and how far we have yet to go. The murders sparked renewed interest and commitment to promoting women in engineering and technology, to ending violence against women and to strengthening gun laws. In each case, we have made progress but there is much left to do.

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The Fourteen Women

Geneviève Bergeron, 21, was a second year scholarship student in civil engineering.

Hélène Colgan, 23, was in her final year of mechanical engineering and planned to take her master’s degree.

Nathalie Croteau, 23, was in her final year of mechanical engineering.

Barbara Daigneault, 22, was in her final year of mechanical engineering and held a teaching assistantship.

Anne-Marie Edward, 21, was a first year student in chemical engineering.

Maud Haviernick, 29, was a second year student in engineering materials, a branch of metallurgy, and a graduate in environmental design.

Barbara Maria Klucznik, 31, was a second year engineering student specializing in engineering materials.

Maryse Laganière, 25, worked in the budget department of the Polytechnique.

Maryse Leclair, 23, was a fourth year student in engineering materials.

Anne-Marie Lemay, 27, was a fourth year student in mechanical engineering.

Sonia Pelletier, 28, was to graduate the next day in mechanical engineering. She was awarded a degree posthumously.

Michèle Richard, 21, was a second year student in engineering materials.

Annie St-Arneault, 23, was a mechanical engineering student.

Annie Turcotte, 21, was a first year student in engineering materials.

They were singled out to be shot and killed because they were women.