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Amid holiday festivities, Liberal leadership warns MPs, Hill staffers about ‘zero tolerance’ for harassment, confidential memo shows

By Abbas Rana      

'Jokes in bad taste, comments about a colleague’s physical appearance, sustained looks, etc. can constitute harassment,’ reads the memo sent out Liberal MPs and staffers.

With the holiday season parties in full swing, the Liberal Research Bureau sent out a memo last evening warning MPs and staffers about the party's 'zero tolerance' policy on harassment and sexual harassment The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

With Christmas parties on the Hill and in constituency offices across the country underway, the Liberals sent out a memo on Tuesday evening, warning MPs, Hill staff, including exempt and the PMO staffers, that the party has a “zero tolerance” policy for engaging in behaviour that could be construed as harassment or sexual harassment.

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