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Courses to prevent office harassment mandatory for new MPs by end of year

Last Updated Sep 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm MDT

The Peace Tower is pictured on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, as lawmakers return to the House of Commons following the winter break. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA — Newly elected MPs will be required to take a training course to prevent sexual harassment in their offices.

The awareness course will educate new MPs on what counts as harassment — and how to take steps to prevent it.

The course, paid for by the House of Commons, will address many forms of harassment and the abuse of power by MPs.

New MPs must complete the training by the end of the year.

Sitting MPs already have to take anti-harassment training every three years.

Last week, the House of Commons’ most senior official launched a review into the handling of an investigation into harassment complaints against Raj Saini.

The former Liberal MP stood down as a candidate after facing a barrage of questions about claims he harassed a female staff member, allegations he says are “unequivocally false.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 15, 2021.

The Canadian Press