Bullying accusation put to bed

James McLeod
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Whatever happened between Education Minister Clyde Jackman and Federation of School Councils President Nathan Whalen on budget day, it seems like the two men have been able to put it past them.

Last week, Whalen accused Jackman of bullying him. After Liberal MHA Dale Kirby brought up the matter in the House of Assembly, Premier Tom Marshall promised that his staff would investigate.

“I asked my Chief of Staff to look into the matter when I first received the complaint. He has had ongoing contact with Mr. Whalen, including several telephone conversations, two meetings and much email correspondence,” Marshall said in an e-mail sent to the media.

“My chief of staff arranged a meeting between Minister Jackman and Mr. Whalen, and was in attendance himself. Mr. Whalen and Minister Jackman shook hands and committed to putting this disagreement behind them.”

Whalen told the Telegram that on budget day, in a conversation, he felt that Jackman has acted disrespectfully, and that a pattern of disrespectful behaviour amounted to bullying.


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