I strongly condemn violence against women. I believe that abuse of any kind is unacceptable and I do not share the views expressed in Suhail Kapoor's book.
In 2009, I received a letter from Mr. Kapoor regarding a book he was writing on Islam. I responded, as I do to all letters received at my Community Office, acknowledging his efforts on this project, which were ostensibly to promote values of tolerance, understanding and respect. My response was in no way an endorsement of the book's contents, and in fact I have not read it, which is clearly evident in the wording of the letter. Furthermore, I did not authorize the use of my name or comments in the “Reviews” section of the book itself.
I continue to work hard with my community and all Ontarians to end violence against women. In fact, I have twice introduced a Private Member's Bill regarding Domestic Violence in the past. The Escaping Domestic Violence Act recognizes that victims of domestic violence can face barriers to escaping dangerous and abusive relationships and the Bill sought to remove such barriers in residential rental or lease agreements. More broadly I am proud of the focus and actions our government has taken to address this serious problem, but we all know there is much more to be done.