‘Inappropriate, humiliating’: Liberal MP accuses Conservative of unwanted sexual remarks – Politics

A Liberal MP has called out a Conservative MP for making “humiliating and unwanted” sexual remarks she says caused her great stress in the workplace.

Sherry Romanado made the accusations in the House of Commons on a point of order, just hours after Manitoba Conservative MP James Bezan apologized for making an “inappropriate and insensitive” comment in her presence.

Romanado, a Quebec MP and parliamentary secretary to the minister of veterans affairs and associate minister of national defence,​ said the comments were made in May.

“These comments have caused me great stress and negatively affected my work environment,” she said.

Her office declined to provide more details about the comments. Romanado said she had nothing further to add as she left a meeting of the Commons defence committee late Monday afternoon.


Late this afternoon, Bezan issued a statement detailing his take on the events of May 2, 2017, at a public event at Ottawa City Hall when he was posing for a picture with Romanado and another person.

“While standing for the picture I made an inappropriate and flippant comment by saying, ‘This isn’t my idea of a threesome,’ which was intended as a partisan comment about being in a photo with a Liberal member of caucus,” his statement reads. 

“I realized that this comment was inappropriate and attempted to apologize the following day but was not afforded that opportunity.”

Offered to enter mediation

On May 10, 2017, the chief human resources officer received a formal complaint about his comment from the MP. Bezan said he immediately offered to enter into mediation so he could apologize, but the request was denied.

A subsequent review was launched by HR into the comment, during which Bezan said he apologized in writing.

On Aug. 16, 2017, the chief human resources officer (CHRO) confirmed in writing that his report “did not support a claim of sexual harassment” and that no disciplinary action was recommended against Bezan.

An email from the officer to Bezan provided to CBC News says: “After careful consideration and discussion with the Whip’s office, I have concluded that, since the Final Report did not support a claim of sexual harassment, remedies beyond the recommendation in the report are not required by the Code,” reads the note provided to CBC News.

“This file is therefore considered closed.”

Bezan said he apologized again with an agreement of the two party whips in question, and completed…

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