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Opposition MHAs want explanations on secret Elections N.L. report

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • Say rumors stirred for weeks; public officials should have done more.
  • Interim Progressive Conservative Leader David Brazil states the Liberal government should have moved quickly to deal with the allegations in a statement on harassment and bullying at Elections N.L.

Opposition politicians in Newfoundland and Labrador state public officials ought to clarify why it took so long for them to do anything regarding a report into workplace harassment and bullying at Elections N.L.

The local government accepted the report’s existence Tuesday, with Premier Andrew Furey telling journalists the first he knew it existed for sure outside public commentary was on Monday when he said the information landed on his desk.

But opposition MHAs say if they had heard talks about the report for weeks, then the premier and his cabinet minister should have known about it or done more to ensure its existence.

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Opposition politicians in Newfoundland and Labrador state public officials ought to clarify why it took so long for them to do anything regarding a report into workplace harassment and bullying at Elections N.L.

“Let’s call a spade a spade: I grew this in the House of Assembly some two or three weeks back,” Independent MHA Paul Lane said. “The minute that query came across the floor of the House Assembly, I would have instantly, if I were premier, been on the horn with the Speaker, saying, ‘What’s going on? Do you have a report? What’s going on?’ I definitely wouldn’t just sit back and act. It didn’t exist.”

Interim P.C. Leader David Brazil stated Wednesday that public officials are liable for acting quickly when faced with reports of harassment and bullying in public institutions.

“We’re confused that the proper process hasn’t been followed to this issue,” Brazil said. “We must move this along because this is impacting people’s lives.”

Source – cbc.ca

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