The Speaker of the House of Assembly is going to rule tomorrow on a Point of Privilege against MHA Dale Kirby regarding the reports on harassment.
PC Leader Ches Crosbie chastised Kirby for releasing the reports before they were tabled in the House of Assembly. Premier Dwight Ball says they have a zero tolerance regarding harassment and bullying in the workplace. Crosbie took that to mean that neither Eddie Joyce nor Dale Kirby will be welcomed back into the Liberal caucus.
Crosbie also says he has had talks with more than one MHA of opposing stripe about joining his party. He has not closed the door on the possibility.
Kirby was cleared of all the allegations made against him by fellow MHAs Colin Holloway and Pam Parsons except for one, in which he made comments to Parsons while the two were smoking weed outside a Liberal convention in Gander.
Joyce was found to be in violation of the Members Code of Conduct in his attempts to use his influence to have someone hired. Commissioner of Legislative Standards, Bruce Chaulk felt Joyce’s actions were outside the “norm” and were below the standards expected of a person in their role within government.
Read the reports below:
The Joyce Report – August 24, 2018
The Joyce Report – October 18, 2018
The Joyce Report – October 19, 2018
Ball Makes Statement Against Harassment in Legislature
Premier Dwight Ball rose in the House of Assembly this afternoon to soundly denounce harassment in the Legislature.
He says harassment and bullying is not acceptable and government has a zero tolerance towards that type of behaviour.
He says bullying, harassment and intimidation in any form and by any means is not acceptable, and as an employer, government has a stringent policy in place to deal with those types of issues.
He says legislation has been passed to ensure that those working in the public sector have a clear and structured means to report incidents and to have them dealt with promptly and professionally.