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“During an appearance on the political show CTV Question Period, Singh appeared to be unaware of a news story that made a lot of headlines last week. Singh was asked how he would respond, if elected prime minister, to the recent statement by China’s Canadian ambassador Lu Shaye, that Canada and its Western allies’ calls for the release of two Canadians detained in China is rooted in ‘white supremacy.’
“Sorry, who accused who of white supremacy?” Singh asked his interviewer. He later told the Toronto Star he didn’t hear the initial question. Host Evan Solomon repeated it in full and asked how Singh would have responded if he were prime minister. “I don’t know if there is any evidence of that suggestion,” Singh said, then quickly pivoted to talking about U.S. President Donald Trump. Global News
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Everything that has ever happened in the ranks of the New Democratic Party of Canada before his arrival, seems to be of no interest to Jagmeet Singh. What a sad day for the New Democratic Party of Canada.Every Member of the Federal NDP Caucus who remai…
Many pragmatic, experienced veterans of the New Democratic Party of Canada are preparing for the Party to be nearly obliterated in the upcoming 2019 Election under the leadership of Jagmeet Singh.
The reasons are many, but none more public than Singh’s handling of the Erin Weir and Christine Moore harassment allegations in the Federal Caucus. Singh has also managed to ignite an outright battle with the governing New Democrats in Alberta over pipelines and a nasty battle with Saskatchewan Federal New Democrats over the excommunication of MP Erin Weir.
It is unfortunate that at their Caucus meeting starting today in BC, the Members of the Federal NDP Caucus will rally around Singh, attack his critics and venture forward over the next year with grim determination while Canada witnesses the electoral sinking of the Federal NDP.
Perhaps from the remains of the Federal NDP will arise a social democratic option in Canada for the 21st Century that is not burdened with the current idiotic ‘rebel without a clue’ leadership that is currently suffocating it.
JAGMEET SINGH!!! Just resign so that New Democrats can repair the damage your inexperience and stubbornness created before the next Federal Election!!https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-troubled-ndp-faces-its-do-or-die-moment-in-bc-caucus-me…
Weir and Moore Demonstrate Singh / NDP Stunning Hypocrisy
September 9th, 2018
So much for the federal NDP’s pretense of being the party of fairness, equality and even reconciliation.
The differences between leader Jagmeet Singh’s and the federal party’s internal handling of two “inappropriate conduct” cases involving two NDP MPs recently are staggering … and horribly hypocritical.
Saskatchewan MP Erin Weir was elected for the NDP in the 2015 election … but, as reported by Global News “was suspended from the caucus in February after fellow New Democrat Christine Moore sent an email to her caucus colleagues saying she had heard numerous complaints about Weir allegedly harassing staffers.”
NO ONE had directly filed a complaint against Weir, but news reports at the time said he made women in the workplace uncomfortable by standing too close, talked too long to some, and had, according to Singh “failed to read non-verbal cues in social situations” that his advances were unwelcome.
Weir was IMMEDIATELY suspended from the NDP caucus while a third-party investigation took place: it supported “one claim of harassment and three claims of sexual harassment”.
“The report states that when he realized that his advances were unwanted, he stopped.” Singh admitted.
Weir said he never intended to embarrass or harass anyone and underwent counselling, but Singh would not budge and last week, the MP was EXPELLED from the NDP caucus.
“Singh’s letter to Weir, however, says he still hasn’t taken “responsibility publicly” for “attacking” former caucus colleagues. It also says the president of the NDP’s staff union warned him that Weir’s reinstatement would violate workers’ right to a harassment-free work environment.,” according to The Toronto Star.
Singh and the NDP being VERY TOUGH on sexual harassment or impropriety in the workplace! Bravo! Very principled!
But remember Christine Moore? She’s the NDP MP who reportedly had first brought Weir’s actions to the attention of Singh.
Well, she also got into hot water with the NDP … when two months after the Weir situation, it was revealed a seriously wounded Canadian Afghan War veteran and witness before a Parliamentary committee in 2013, accused Moore herself of “inappropriate sexual behaviour”.
Retired Corporal Glen Kirkland alleged the NDP MP had invited him back to her office, served him drinks, visited him in his hotel where they had sex, later sent him explicit messages and even showed up unannounced at his home in Manitoba, where he rebuffed her.
“Moore strongly denied the relationship with Glen Kirkland was anything but fully mutual and consensual” the CBC later reported.
But still ….
An MP getting involved in a sexual relationship with a witness at a Parliamentary committee sure seems WORSE to me … a LOT worse … than standing too close to others at work or “not heeding non-verbal signals”.
But apparently, NOT to Singh and the NDP.
Sure, they again ordered a third-party investigation … but the handling of that one, right from the start, and the outcome was QUITE different from what Weir had faced.
Moore was relieved on her duties, but she was NOT immediately suspended from caucus … as Weir had been … pending the investigation. Why not????
Kirkland later complained he wasn’t even interviewed as part of the investigation; and, in July, the investigation cleared Moore of any harassment and abuse of authority allegations; she was welcomed back to full duties within the NDP caucus.
So it certainly seems that, for the federal NDP, MPs having relationships/sex with witnesses appearing before their Parliamentary committees is quite ok … or at least forgivable, but standing close to people while talking and protesting one’s innocence, even while undergoing behaviour counseling … is not.
Again, from my personal point of view … having spent 38 years covering politicians at local, regional, provincial and even the federal level (including 8 years right there on Parliament Hill) … Moore’s admitted actions are FAR more troubling than Weir’s.
And yet, Singh has rejected Weir’s attempts at rehabilitation and reconciliation … and refused to accept him back in the NDP caucus or let him run for the party in the next federal election.
While Moore is embraced once more , the injured Canadian war vet Cpl. Kirkland ‘s complaint remains unresolved.
Looks to me like a federal NDP double standard: Weir (MP for Regina-Lewvan) is a male, from Saskatchewan (14 seats); Moore (MP for Abitibi-Temiscamingue) is a female, from Quebec (75 seats).
I think it stinks.
. Keeping it Real – Harv Oberfeld
I joined the federal New Democrats in November, 1981 and after 37 years of continuous membership, I had my membership in the Federal NDP cancelled in the spring of 2018 specifically because of the horrible performance by new leader, Jagmeet Singh.
So,as a result, I will not receive a copy of the Federal NDP’s survey.
Allow me to once again communicate with the Federal NDP and tell them how Jagmeet Singh is performing as Leader.
OTTAWA — Jagmeet Singh won’t allow scorned MP Erin Weir to run as a New Democrat in the next election — a decision that has caused a rupture between the NDP leader and the party’s long-standing members in Saskatchewan.
In a letter to Weir this week, Singh says he isn’t confident the Saskatchewan MP won’t repeat the harassing behaviour that got him kicked out of the NDP caucus last spring.
Consequently, Singh says he rejects the MP’s request to be readmitted to the NDP caucus and won’t approve his candidacy for the 2019 election.
But 67 former New Democrat MPs and MLAs from Saskatchewan have now written to all NDP members of Parliament, accusing Singh of denying Weir due process and unfairly maligning his character, while flouting the party’s constitutional rules for dealing with harassment complaints.
The letter was signed by “every living former MP” from Saskatchewan, according to former provincial cabinet minister Pat Atkinson, who wrote the letter on behalf of the 67 former legislators.
Among the signatories are former MPs Dennis Gruending, Lorne Nystrom, Bill Knight and Dick Proctor. Knight and Proctor are also former national directors of the party.
Weir was one of three New Democrats elected in Saskatchewan in 2015, ending a 15-year drought for the federal party in the province. Atkinson predicted Singh’s unilateral decision to oust Weir will jeopardize that hard-won comeback.
“I think what it means is that there’ll be less people willing to donate, there’ll be less people willing to step up to door knock. I think it has a very serious impact on the federal party in our province,” she said in an interview.
The former Saskatchewan legislators first wrote to Singh in May when he expelled Weir from caucus following an independent investigation into allegations of harassment. Atkinson said they have tried to work with the leader to remedy the situation, but “there was no listening, no accepting, he just had his mind made up, obviously.”
Since Singh took the helm of the party last fall, there has been grumbling among some long-time New Democrats that the former Ontario MPP was not taking advice from those with experience at the federal level. Atkinson said the Weir decision is a demonstration of that problem.
“Successful leaders listen to people in the field, they listen to former politicians, they listen to party members, they listen. You just can’t have a little enclave of people,” she said.
In the Weir case, she added: “You sure should take into consideration what New Democrats in Saskatchewan are thinking.”
Weir’s supporters have solicited two legal opinions, including one from former Saskatchewan justice minister Eric Cline. They argue Singh does not have the authority to unilaterally expel Weir, which is a violation of disciplinary procedures set out in the party’s constitution and the anti-harassment policy adopted by New Democrats at their last convention.
And they question Singh’s decision to initiate an investigation in February based on hearsay from another MP, Christine Moore, before any actual complainants had come forward with specific allegations.
Weir’s supporters are also upset by what they consider the leader’s exaggerated response to the investigation, which found one claim of harassment and three claims of sexual harassment against Weir were sustained — all of which were deemed to be “on the less serious end of the spectrum,” involving the MP standing too close or failing to read non-verbal cues in social settings.
It was Weir’s response to the findings — publicly dismissing one complaint as payback for a policy dispute he’d had with a member of former leader Tom Mulcair’s staff — that got him booted out of caucus permanently in May.
In his letter to Weir, Singh said he isn’t satisfied the MP has taken the actions necessary to rectify the damage he did to the NDP’s “work of building a safer workplace and party.”
“I have not seen evidence of a genuine understanding of how your behaviour needs to change or an expression of regret and remorse for describing sustained findings of harassment as ‘trumped up,'” Singh writes.
I have not written a post for many months as I have been on quite an adventure. I would like to share the details of that adventure with family and friends. Many of my posts will be personal and reveal some secrets. Stay tuned. Just wanted you to know …
This morning The Calgary Herald published a column by Licia Corbella, entitled “Family of jailed Saudi blogger angry over Trudeau”. In it Corbella criticized government’s twitter diplomacy efforts in the Raif Badawi case, directly quoting members of the man’s family. As you will note by clicking through the link above, that column is now gone. Mr. Badawi’s wife, in a series of tweets early this afternoon, called the story “fake news”. Those tweets are also gone, as is all reference to the story in Ms. Corbella’s twitter feed. I contacted The Herald and asked if they had yanked the piece, and they responded as below:
The column has been removed at the request of Ensaf Haidar (wife of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi) due to the sensitive nature of the family’s situation.
— Calgary Herald (@calgaryherald) August 14, 2018
So there appears to have been a severe cock-up on the journalism front by Ms. Corbella, the precise details of which remain obscure. It wouldn’t be the first time.