The following is a joint statement on behalf of Tara Miller, President, Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia and Karla MacFarlane, Caucus Chair, Progressive Conservative Caucus of Nova Scotia.
“This morning, the PC Party of Nova Scotia requested and accepted the immediate resignation of Jamie Baillie. After becoming aware of allegations of inappropriate behaviour by Mr. Baillie, the PC Party of Nova Scotia promptly arranged an independent, third-party investigator to conduct an investigation.
The investigation has concluded Mr. Baillie breached the Nova Scotia House of Assembly Policy on the Prevention and Resolution of Harassment in the Workplace.
The PC Party is committed to a healthy, safe and supportive working environment where all Nova Scotians are treated with respect and dignity.
The PC Party does not, and will not, tolerate sexual harassment in the workplace. Karla MacFarlane will immediately become the interim leader of the party.”
NDP Leader: politics no place for harassment
The NDP Caucus is deeply troubled by the PC Party’s findings of harassment by their former leader, Jamie Baillie.
“There is no place for sexual harassment or any form of discrimination or harassment in Nova Scotia politics or elsewhere,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “It is important that allegations of this nature be taken seriously and addressed immediately.”
Baillie was asked to resign today after the PC Party confirmed that he breached the Nova Scotia House of Assembly Policy on the Prevention and Resolution of Harassment in the Workplace.
“Over the past year, we’ve seen more and more brave women coming forward about harassment and abuse they face in the workplace,” said NDP Caucus Chair Susan Leblanc. “Powerful men are finally being held accountable, but there is much more work to do to create more equitable systems where no one faces harassment.”
Source: Media Release