Bennett speaks out against harrassment

Saturday night news release doesn't mention any specific cases

Published on January 24, 2016
Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram
Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board Cathy Bennett disusses the Government Renewal Initiative with the media at Confederation Building Wednesday.

Cathy Bennett, the minister responsible for the status of women, made a statement Saturday night reiterating the province’s stance against harrassment.

The statement came as controversy relating to allegations of sexual harrassment within the Spaniard’s Bay fire department made national and international headlines, though no mention of that situation, or any other, was made by the minister.

 

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“Harassment in any form or at any time is not tolerated. Regardless of issues in any work place, sexual harassment is unacceptable. No person should be made to feel threatened or harassed in the workplace and we should all stand together against that type of behaviour. Our government, through the Women's Policy Office, works to help put measures in place to ensure all residents feel safe in their community and work environments,” Bennett said in a news release.

“We will continue to work together to stop all forms of violence and harassment. We will also continue to support the efforts of the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Understanding and awareness of the serious issue of sexual harassment is all of our responsibility.”