Media Release

Albertans didn't elect Alison Redford to close women's shelters

October 22, 2013

EDMONTON - The impending closure of the Edmonton WIN III specialized women's shelter is an indictment of the Redford government's misguided priorities, says Alberta Party leader Greg Clark.

WIN III is a specialized shelter for immigrant women and their children who are victims of human trafficking, 'honour' crimes, family violence and gender based violence.

"In a province as wealthy as Alberta surely we can afford $420,000 a year to keep some of the most vulnerable people in our society safe," said Clark. "Premier Redford needs to make this a priority."

WIN III worked in close partnership with police, multicultural communities and other agencies to identify and support women, many of whom speak little or no English, from abusive situations which are often tied to organized crime.

"When I met last week with Janine Fraser, Executive Director of Edmonton Women's Shelter, she told me heartbreaking stories of abuse, and talked about the many successes WIN III has had as a pilot project," said Clark. "The social return is there. The provincial government needs to step up and provide long-term operational funding for this critical shelter."

"This is a huge loss to the city of Edmonton, and most importantly for women who are victims of these horrible crimes," said Clark. "Alison, it's time to step up, do the right thing and find the money needed to run this shelter."


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Robbie Kreger-Smith, Communications Chair

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