ServiceNL Minister Sherry Gambin-Walsh has issued a statement regarding the recent controversy in the House of Assembly surrounding allegations of harassing behaviour against a former fellow cabinet minister.
Former Liberal cabinet minister Eddie Joyce is no longer in the Liberal caucus and is now sitting as an independent MHA while an independent review is carried out into allegations of harassment.
Yesterday it was revealed that Gambin-Walsh was the caucus member who brought the concerns forward.
In a release sent out today she thanked those who have reached out to her to show their support. She says every one has the right to work in an environment that is respectful and free from intimidation or harassment.
She says she spoke to the matter yesterday after she was informed that her name had been publicly released. She has declined further public comment at this time while an independent process is underway.
Gambin-Walsh says she will be available to speak to the matter once that process has concluded.
Labour Leader Encouraged by Public Discussion
A long-time local labour leader is encouraged by the current public debate that’s started on the issue of workplace harassment.
Atlantic Regional Director with Unifor, Lana Payne warns, however, that it’s important that the issue raised in the House of Assembly this week not turn into a political circus.
She told VOCM Open Line with Darrell Power that all eyes are on the provincial government right now and how the situation is being handled.
She wonders if it will encourage or discourage people from coming forward in future depending how Sherry Gambin-Walsh is treated and what other people are saying about it.