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Liberals to hold ‘open and frank’ closed-door meetings with MPs, staffers to discuss sexual harassment on the Hill, #MeToo movement

By Abbas Rana      

•Chief government whip Pablo Rodriguez, and deputy whip Filomena Tassi are meeting with MPs on Feb. 28 on Parliament Hill. The date for the meeting with staffers was yet to be determined as of deadline last week. •The sexual harassment file is 'rapidly' unfolding as the House currently is examining Bill C-65, an Act to Amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence), the Procedure and House Affairs Committee is reviewing the MPs’ Code of Conduct on sexual harassment, and the chief human resources officer is going to start in-person training sessions for MPs on sexual harassment in the coming weeks. •Male Liberal MPs who talked to The Hill Times on not-for-attribution basis said the recent stories of sexual harassment allegations were changing the culture on the Hill and MPs from all parties are wondering 'who is next.'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured in this file photo at a national caucus meeting on the Hill. Liberal MPs are holding a special closed-door meeting on Feb. 28 to discuss sexual harassment. The Hill Times file photograph

As the #MeToo movement continues to unfold on the Hill, chief government whip Pablo Rodriguez says he and deputy whip Filomena Tassi will hold two special closed-door meetings with MPs and staffers to seek input on how to make Parliament Hill a harassment-free workplace.

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