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Former Hill staffer Wernick wants MPs to sign pledge to bring about ‘a long-term culture change’ on the Hill

By Abbas Rana      

MPs offer mixed reaction to Paul Wernick’s ideas and are expressing concerns that following some elements of the pledge would violate the privacy of their staff.

Former Hill staffer Paul Wernick wants all MPs to take a seven-point pledge to improve the working conditions of Hill staffers, especially the ones grappling with mental health challenges. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Paul Wernick, the former Liberal staffer who attempted suicide twice earlier this year, including once on the Hill, and went public with his story in order to publicize the darker side of working in federal politics, is now urging all MPs to sign a pledge to create “greater transparency and accountability regarding working conditions” on the Hill and to boost up the legitimacy of the hundreds of staffers who work for MPs.

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