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Best way to address sexual harassment on the Hill is ‘to raise the bar’ of acceptable behaviour, says leading expert Lalonde

By Abbas Rana      

About 700 staffers, including PMO principal secretary Gerald Butts and chief of staff Katie Telford, attended the sexual harassment training session on the Hill last week.

About 700 Liberal parliamentary and exempt ministerial staffers, including some pictured, attended the mandatory sexual harassment training in the John A. MacDonald building on Wednesday, Jan. 9. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The best way to address the issue of sexual harassment on Parliament Hill or in any other workplace is for managers to raise the bar of acceptable behaviour to where everyone is treated as equals, and for bystanders to call out unacceptable behaviour whenever they see it, says Julie Lalonde, an Ottawa-based women’s rights advocate and expert on sexual harassment who is training Hill staffers on the subject.

Abbas Rana

Abbas Rana is the assistant deputy editor of The Hill Times. He reports on the Parliamentary caucuses, nomination contests, political leadership campaigns, Elections Act laws, and the Senate. Abbas loves to chat with sources on-the-record or on not-for- attribution basis especially when they have verifiable story tips that could be followed as news stories. Brown envelopes are also always a lot of interest to him. Born and raised in Pakistan, Abbas speaks Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi. When not chasing politicians down on the Hill, he likes to watch cricket and movies.
- arana@hilltimes.com


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