The Senate hierarchy has been hiding serious allegations of sexual harassment of Senate staffers behind casuistical interpretations of parliamentary privilege. The arcane rules of the Senate’s secretive internal economy committee have so far smothered full disclosure of the known facts.
Former Senator Don Meredith, pictured speaking at the Economic Club in 2014, resigned in 2017 before the Senate was prepared to expel him for his inappropriate sexual relationship with a teenage girl. The Hill Times file photograph
HALIFAX—I have some news for the Senate of Canada: parliamentary privilege was never meant to shield alleged sex abusers from being outed, or to keep their alleged victims from getting justice.
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'Different leadership could have decided that ‘no, we won’t collaborate with you, because we don’t have to under the legislation,’ says Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux. 'We want legislation to be clarified.'