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Senator gets okay to hire lawyer advising on harassment policy, providing free legal advice to victims

By Charelle Evelyn      

But Senate Internal Economy Committee members had some pointed questions for ISG Sen. McPhedran, who has set up a confidential email address for Senate staff who’ve been harassed to get help.

Independent Senator Marilou McPhedran, pictured in December, came before the Senate’s Internal Economy Committee March 1 to seek approval for a contract she said is with a lawyer helping her research Bill C-65 and the Senate’s harassment policies. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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The Senate’s Internal Economy Committee last week narrowly approved a request by Independent Senator Marilou McPhedran to hire a lawyer to advise her on research into the government’s sexual-harassment prevention legislation and the Senate’s harassment policies, with some Senators arguing her public comments about the contract didn’t align with its stated purpose. At the end of January, Sen. McPhedran (Manitoba) announced she had set up a confidential email address where Senate staff, dating back to 2006, could contact her if

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