Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday that the government wants to make Canada a better country by making workplaces a safer place and said “add women, change politics” was “more than just a hashtag.”
Trudeau told Liberal MPs that change is needed to encourage more women to enter politics.
Trudeau commented this when he rallied his party caucus at a meeting in advance of tomorrow’s resumption of Parliament.
“Add women, change politics is how we will make a better country,” Trudeau told the gathering as he referenced a women in politics social media campaign the prime minister said was more than just a hashtag.
“Sexual harassment is a systemic problem. It is unacceptable.”
His comments came as the recent fast-paced movement against sexual misconduct, which saw the resignations since Wednesday of the Progressive Conservative party leaders in Ontario and Nova Scotia.
Things started to boil as Trudeau’s cabinet ministers, Kent Hehr, and Ontario Progressive Conservative party leader Patrick Brown resigned over allegations of sexual misconduct while he was a member of the Alberta legislature.
While Hehr remains a member of the Liberal caucus, the Prime Minister’s Office said he decided not to attend the meeting.
Had he been there, however, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould said she wouldn’t feel uncomfortable by his presence.
“Sexual harassment on the Hill is a very serious issue, and we need to take it seriously,” she said.
“But we also need to make sure that we’re allowing due diligence.”
Other Liberals, however, struggled over questions of why Hehr was allowed to remain in caucus while a fellow Alberta MP, Darshan Kang, resigned from the party’s caucus last summer after being accused of sexually harassing two female employees in his office. Kang has denied the allegations.
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