MLA McPherson speaks about her letter to the Speaker of the Alberta Legislature asking for a review of the process around allegations of sexual misconduct. The Premier recently revealed that two members of the government caucus have been accused of sexual misconduct, and that the investigation was done secretly within caucus.
That's not good enough, and Karen explains why.
Accountability and transparency matter when it comes to politics. Politicians can’t be their own judge and jury when serious problems arise within their own ranks.
That’s why I’m proud Alberta Party MLA Karen McPherson (Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill) has written to the Speaker of the House to ask for an independent probe into shocking news that the NDP government secretly investigated and sanctioned two of their own MLAs for sexual misconduct behind closed doors. Read more here. Even worse, Premier Rachel Notley is refusing to disclose the names of the two MLAs citing concerns that it would jeopardize the privacy of the victims.
“Withholding information about the process used to discipline the offenders does a disservice to the public…as many survivors will tell you, sexual assault and sexual misconduct thrive in secrecy,” McPherson wrote in her letter to the Speaker of the House.
In other news:
November 18, 2018 (Edmonton) – Alberta Party MLA Karen McPherson has written to the Speaker of the Legislature asking for an investigation into how allegations of sexual misconduct by sitting MLAs were handled.
November 17, 2018 (Calgary) –The government of Alberta should require oil producers to reduce production until bitumen prices are higher, and should also consider a royalty holiday once prices improve, says Alberta Party Caucus Energy Critic Greg Clark.
”This is a national crisis,” said Clark. “Curtailing production is a dramatic step, but it’s the right thing to do to maximize the value of the resource that all Albertans own.
While the business of the legislature might be the highest profile part of an MLA's job, most of their time is spent in their constituency.
Whether spending time supporting local organizations or knocking on doors, our caucus knows that the most important job is understanding and responding to the challenges facing everyday Albertans.
This week we are sharing a behind the scenes look at what our MLAs are up to when they aren't in Edmonton.
We will be back in session next week, so expect more updates on what's happening in the legislature!
Our Caucus members shared their experiences ....