Members of the House of Assembly’s Management Commission are heading back to their caucuses to decide whether they need an interim policy to deal with harassment while waiting for a final report on the very same issue.
A committee, struck earlier this month, is looking at the policies around harassment in the legislature to find out what can be done to make the House safer. There is no set date for when the final report will be released.
Last night, the House Management Commission met to see whether the House needs an interim policy, similar to the new harassment legislation for government employees that’s set to come into effect on June 1.
Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Siobhan Coady, says last night’s meeting was a learning experience for all involved. She says there was an important discussion around the code of conduct and how MHAs are expected to act, and now the question is whether there needs to be something done while they wait for a report from the sub-committee.
A string of harassment allegations came to light last month involving two Liberal MHAs. The controversy sparked debate around how harassment is treated in the House of Assembly.
Fortune Bay – Cape la Hune MHA Tracey Perry recently raised concerns around her own experiences with harassment in the legislature, and says it’s been a rough road but the province will learn from it.
She says she’s still concerned about how the process is unfolding with the MHA’s currently being investigated, and though the province is far from the best when it comes to dealing with harassment right now, it will be among the best in the country when all the policies are in place.