Parliament Hill Update
Canadian politics has had a troubling start to 2018.
The leaders of two provincial parties have resigned amid allegations of
sexual harassment; the leader of a federal party has been accused of
workplace bullying; a federal cabinet minister has resigned after
accusations of sexual harassment; and a former MP has been publicly accused
of inappropriate conduct and abuse by former staff.
The Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Minister
Patricia A. Hajdu, has gone so far as to characterize Parliament Hill as a
"workplace in crisis."
While the situations mentioned above are being investigated, as they should
be, MPs are continuing their work on behalf of Canadians. I want to assure
constituents of my riding that members of the Conservative Opposition are
continuing to hold the government to account
Meanwhile our nation's debt continues to grow, international trade
agreements are in jeopardy, and pipeline construction is at a virtual
standstill-all of which are a consequence of this government's paralysis.
There is no place for sexual harassment and bullying, whether on Parliament
Hill, in the private sector, or in private. But giving the impression that
the government is in a state of crisis over these allegations is misleading
My concern is that if politicians become so focused on these allegations, it
will limit their ability to be managers of the business of the Government of
Canada. In effect, we lose the political direction of this country as chosen
by the Canadian people, and we are left with a government run by the public
My second concern is around encouraging good people to seek elected office.
A federal election may be as close as a year away, and all parties are
presently engaged in the process of nominating candidates. What reason is
there to seek public office if one believes he or she will be entering a
"workplace in crisis?"
Parliament is not without fault, but the vast many of my colleagues in the
House of Commons, from all parties, maintain the highest standards of
Changing the culture on Parliament Hill is the shared responsibility of
every MP and I commit to doing my part.