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Bullying, harassment centre stage at House of Assembly – SaltWire Network

by ahnationtalk on November 13, 201918 Views

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. —

One year after the House of Assembly ground to a halt over allegations of bullying and intimidation, new allegations have ground it to a halt once again.

Speaker Scott Reid agreed with a point of privilege brought forth by Opposition House Leader David Brazil that there is reason to believe Fisheries Minister Gerry Byrne acted inappropriately during Thursday’s sitting of the House of Assembly.

On Tuesday, the House of Assembly did not debate any legislation. Instead, it began a debate on whether or not Byrne should be asked to withdraw his remarks, apologize to the House of Assembly verbally and in writing to Mount Pearl North MHA Jim Lester and St. John’s Centre MHA Jim Dinn, and undergo 20 hours of anti-harassment sensitivity training — a similar reprimand called for Eddie Joyce and Dale Kirby when complaints about their conduct were made last year.

As previously reported, Byrne accused Lester of “not always being on the side of the law himself” and Dinn of “a pattern of behaviour of marginalization of Indigenous” peoples.

Read More: https://www.saltwire.com/news/local/bullying-harassment-centre-stage-at-house-of-assembly-375263/

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