Sexual harassment is never OK, says MPP Kathryn McGarry

By  | February 6, 2018 | 13 Comments | Filed under: Waterloo Police class action lawsuit

Opinion Feb 05, 2018Cambridge Times

I want to be clear to my constituents: all allegations of sexual misconduct, harassment and assault must be taken seriously.

As a member of the select committee on sexual violence and harassment in sessions across the province with colleagues from all sides of the House, I heard first hand from women across Ontario about how their lives had been devastated by sexual violence and harassment. This experience heightened my appreciation of the importance of saying clearly and firmly that it is never OK.

We need to support and believe the women who come forward, and ensure they have the supports they need, in the same way that an accused individual has every right to due process.

This is a societal issue we are facing, not a political or partisan one. It is a human and societal issue that needs to be addressed with compassion and sensitivity. It touches us all.

I was recently asked about one individual facing allegations and responded to that specific media question. I regret that my response — which was intended to express empathy and concern — has been misinterpreted. Further, that specific instance does not preclude the fact that I take all allegations seriously.

As for other allegations, I cannot comment on any individuals involved in an active court case.

Kathryn McGarry

Cambridge MPP

https://www.cambridgetimes.ca/opinion-story/8110514-sexual-harassment-is-never-ok-says-mpp-kathryn-mcgarry/

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13 Responses to Sexual harassment is never OK, says MPP Kathryn McGarry

  1. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Tom Vann February 6, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    I am very disappointed with Kathryn’s choice of words. From this I read…I still need the police votes and I am riding the fence by not using the same words to rip into the police like I did Brown. She may as well not written anything except now she can say she did. I expected more from Kathryn. I really did. Gas plant story number 2 coming up right here in our Region…stay tuned. I loved the part she says about due process. Same due process she used in calling Brown’s allegations disgusting or shocking, or whatever. So sad. If ever I were to become an MPP I know I wouldn’t last the year. First time I lied or did the wrong thing my wife would kill me. This aint even worth a rebuttal in the paper.

  2. kefran@bell.net'
    TallyHo February 7, 2018 at 6:45 am

    Kathryn did nothing at all to support the women involved in the CLASS ACTION against the WRPS. I find it a big disappointment as well. It just so happens that February 28th has been set aside in this area as STOP BULLYING DAY! The way I see it, these women were BULLIED in their job by not being able to report these allegations to their superiors because they would have been subject to greater BULLYING in other ways. No matter what you say or how you say it Kathryn, these individuals were BULLIED and HARASSED and IT’S NOT OK!!
    Not even making mention of the situation and just saying that no comment can be made on individuals involved in an active court process is just another attempt at political jargon to suppress the public.
    June this year is coming upon us really fast and I sure hope that some elected officials of this Provincial Cabinet get TURFED
    Good luck in the Provincial Election Kathryn McGarry…You won’t be getting my vote!!!

  3. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Maggie February 7, 2018 at 10:19 am

    We totally agree with the two above comments. Well said.
    No comment McGarry – no vote – and no backbone for you and for Donna Reid.
    Looks like you waited to comment once you were “told” what to say.
    And yes “Stop Bullying Day” is approaching and it looks like someone bullied both you & Reid – told you what to say or what not to say.
    Shame on both of you – you have a job to do & both of you chose to “fence-sit”.
    Kathryn you are just like our Mayor – 1st term was good – but seems like “me-power” took over and end of story! Shame on all of you!

  4. svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
    Vincent Benjamin February 7, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Kathryn McGarry:

    Let me make it clear that I am not your and anyone’s constituents so do not talk down to the people you serve. So get off your high horse!

    Secondly, these are only allegations until they are proved in a court of law with witness present

    Last, of all, think before you speak unless this is too much for you to do at once. You do not destroy someone’s career base on allegations of an event that may of happen many years ago.

    If you lack that kind of common sense than you do not deserve the to be re-elected again.

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      Gary Worton February 7, 2018 at 11:12 am

      Couldn’t have said it better myself Vince. Time for these #MeToo-ers to put up or shut up!

  5. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Jeff Travis February 7, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    This letter was online when l read it first. l don’t know who wrote it for her but they did a poor job. Nobody was fooled.

  6. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Waiting February 7, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Friends – please show up with all your friends, family, relatives, etc., at the Feb. 20th Council meeting where they will discuss the “Code of Conduct”. Should be interesting.
    And buy a “Stop Bullying” pink shirt & wear it. A great fund raiser.
    As we know the Mayor & Monteiro have bullied council members & likely staff and of course we know of the charges against Monteio & Mann – which the Code of Conduct should apply to in their position on Council.
    Come out & bring people with you to see what goes on at Council.

  7. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Brian Scott February 12, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    lt is clear the police have influenced the people in office to stay out of this fray. l am saddened to admit l voted Liberal. l won’t make that mistake again. How close are we today to a police state? The once proud and powerful province of Ontario has been cut down to a have not province. Today ladies and gentlemen, l fear for our youth and freedom of speech.

  8. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Maggie February 14, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    I still think Brown was a “fish-hunt” & I hope he proves himself innocent. This is disgusting if false charges were made for some profit motive & McGarry condemned him before he even had a chance to prove the claim right or wrong.
    Kind of sad when it can ruin a person’s career & personal life.
    So it remains to be seen if McGarry owes him an apology or not. It could happen to McGarry as well, so wonder how she would feel about that.
    I also agree with Kim Campbell about women half-dressing these days. It seems on T.V. the women love to have their tops VERY VERY LOW and their skirts VERY VERY HIGH. Does not leave much to the imagination but a lot to degrading themselves & inviting problems. I personally sent a letter to CTV News complementing the 2 women (AnaMarie?) & 2 men on dressing like ladies & like gentlemen.
    Any other opinions on this or am I just too old-fashioned, decent & proper??

  9. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Tom Vann February 14, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    You hit on a point about under dressing or inviting problems. As a highly intelligent, rich and well dressed man I get women eye balling me all the time. Staring at me as if I am just a piece of meat or a possible escort advertisement. Yes, wearing cut-offs or T shirt in the summer may be too much of a shotgun invite but one has to realize I have strings. Being a killer model when I was younger was not easy. I as well have had to become less appealing to women by gaining weight and staying out of the weight rooms. I no longer dye my hair and I tossed out my Oil of Olay. Some people just can’t understand me wanting to be me. Alas the death of another star. Have a lovely day Maggie.

  10. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Maggie February 14, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    I will – after I finish chuckling. Love it. Irresistible you. So glad Lucy took you off the market!
    But keep being you – we’ll learn to manage the charm!

  11. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Beth Reynolds February 17, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    A real poor letter by the MPP. No support for women.

  12. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Citizen February 20, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    This paid trip that Trudeau is on in India is disgusting. The whole family & we poor taxpayers paying for this. Where is his Trade Minister?? He states Millions of business dollars. We will see.
    We need him out & Wynn out. We can’t afford them any more.
    People don’t have places to live – no food – & our Prime Minister lives like this. He is disgusting. This Liberal Party has to go$$$$
    We’ll all be on welfare if he & Wynn continue.
    Selling our resources – we’ll soon have nothing left. Liberals must go!!

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