Dealing With Sexual Harassment

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  • Comment:
    I usually like your articles as cutting directly to the point and showing good judgement. I cannot agree with your remarks here.
    I am not a fan of Trudeau. As you intimate, he does appear to be a lightweight in the intellectual department. But the actions taken by the complainants and their request for anonymity put him in a no win position.
    There was no reason not to suspect that the NDP was trying to put him in the position of delaying a decision (in order to do what you suggest which is to find a solution) by then going to the media with a story that they told Trudeau about harassment and that he took no action.
    In case you think this Machiavellian, the NDP has fallen from a strong second place position in the eyes of the Canadian public to barely registering as a potential choice of party to lead the country. Desperate times require desperate measures.
    The real questions here are “What were the motives of these accusers?” and “What were their hopes for a successful conclusion to their complaints?”

    Bill’s Response:
    You are describing a real potential risk for Trudeau.
    I believe he could have managed it by discussing his intentions with Mulcair and documenting the discussion ( “…you have asked that the matter not be brought to public attention…”) with the complainants and him within 24 hours.

    I agree that his actions were, in the short term, politically expedient. With the passage of time he is looking less and less wise on this file.

    Wayne | December 2, 2014 | Reply

  • A bit partisan?

    Ron Greggor | November 30, 2014 | Reply

  • The current situation in the Commons is unacceptable. Many of these so called leaders are guilty of mistakes and that tells us something about their experience levels. However the fact that the “organization” has no policy tells us something about the leadership abilities of these elected officials.
    As usual it is easy to write laws that apply to the behaviour of others, however when it comes time to implement procedures that govern themselves, our leaders are awol. And that applies to conflict of interest, where their primary residence is, justifiable expenses, receiving cash in brown envelopes, sexual harassment, robo calls, etc, etc,…

    Barry H | November 30, 2014 | Reply

  • This is a head scratcher; it is hard to imagine a clearer example of Fire, Aim, Ready, whatever was J.Trudeau thinking, if indeed he was thinking at all…Just possibly he was in some way motivated by the reported actions of a just previous generation of the family wherein details received wide spread coverage and he was most anxious to display a very different set of standards..Whatever the case, it is difficult not to think that if he had it do over again, his reaction/approach might be somewhat different.

    bob mackenzie | November 29, 2014 | Reply

  • I wonder if we aren’t hearing a little too much from the various special interest groups, and in this case the largest one?
    Certainly seems like it.

    gordon a... | November 28, 2014 | Reply