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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Okay. Are there any other questions?
Do we have approval for this? Is everybody fine with this?
I can see that you're fine.
We're expecting this report in a few weeks.
We are on number six, “Annual report on the House of Commons policy on preventing and addressing harassment for 2019-2020”.
Ms. Daigle, you have the floor.
Robyn Daigle
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Robyn Daigle
2020-07-10 14:22
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Today, I'm presenting the annual report stemming from the obligations set out in the House of Commons policy on preventing and addressing harassment. This policy applies to members as employers and to their employees.
During the period covered by the report, the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer dealt with five new cases. One case was formally investigated, one case was resolved through the mechanisms established in the policy, and three cases are still ongoing.
The report also outlines the training and awareness activities related to the policy framework. There is online training available to members and their staff. Thus far, 782 employees and members have participated in the training. There is also mandatory in-class training that is made available to all new members.
Following the last election, five sessions were offered to members, and in the current Parliament, 250 members have completed the training. In terms of the remaining members, we had actually scheduled a couple of sessions for March, but those were obviously cancelled due to COVID. We are currently working to provide those sessions virtually. We are also looking at the same option for the members' staff so that they can participate in that training virtually as well.
I am happy to take any questions at this time.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
I studied your report carefully. I want to congratulate you, because I find the report very clear. I have some questions regarding your level of satisfaction.
Have the new practices and resources put in place, such as the support provided by the human resources advisers that you added to your team, affected the number of complaints regarding psychological or sexual harassment or abuse of authority? Has this made a positive impact, or is the impact still difficult to measure?
Robyn Daigle
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Robyn Daigle
2020-07-10 14:25
Based on the data for the past three years, the number of complaints addressed has decreased. It was also an election year, and a decrease was expected.
That said, the report shows a significant decrease in requests regarding conflict or harassment. This decrease is attributable to the respectful workplace program. I'd like to think that, with the establishment of human resources services for members, we'll deal with many more cases of conflict before a complaint is made. Many of the cases involve labour relations. We get involved at the start of these cases. I think that this helps to resolve them and to avoid more formal complaints.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
The added staff has made a difference. Specifically, I'm referring to the HR advisers assigned to each caucus to support members in their roles as employers. The advisers work proactively, before workplace conflicts turn into the formal complaints classified in your report. That's my understanding.
I'd like to take this opportunity because public servants are often criticized. They aren't always depicted in a positive light, so I'd like to point out how outstanding the HR advisers assigned to the Bloc Québécois caucus are. They are competent and do an excellent job. They have shown the utmost professionalism. They are very committed to supporting members in their roles as employers.
As someone who spent much of her career as a manager in Quebec's public sector, I can say that those two people from your team have all the necessary skills and professionalism to support members in their roles as employers. Not only do I want to thank them publicly, but I also want to commend you. They say good leaders or managers surround themselves with good people. That's a compliment for you as well, Ms. Daigle.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
I have one last question for you. I don't think I heard the total number of members who took the three-hour training course on sexual harassment prevention.
Did you tell us already? Did I miss it?
Robyn Daigle
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Robyn Daigle
2020-07-10 14:27
Yes. It's 250 members.
The remaining members were supposed to complete their training in March. We're going to try to meet with them virtually.
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
I see.
As whips, we play a vital role in mobilizing our party members. Finding time in their schedules can be challenging. As far as the Bloc Québécois is concerned, I can say I'm quite proud of our results.
Can you tell those following the proceedings how many Bloc Québécois members have completed the training?
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
Once again, kudos to you on the great job you're doing.
Mr. Chair, investing in HR advisers is smart spending. It makes for even better members who are more respectful employers.
Thank you, Ms. Daigle.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
If there are no further questions or comments, I'd like to ask a question, even though I think I know the answer. It's about members' staff.
I know members have to complete the training, but do their staff? Should more people have to take it?
Robyn Daigle
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Robyn Daigle
2020-07-10 14:29
Thank you for the question.
I believe that, further to a 2017 decision, the training was made mandatory for members' staff as well. That's why we are exploring virtual options to meet with all new staff. We also have a new onboarding program for members' staff. It will incorporate the training, so new staff will have completed it before they start.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Very good. It's not just for new staff, but also for existing staff. Is that right?
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
All right.
Any other questions or comments?
We don't have to get approval for that. It was strictly a report.
We'll go on to number seven, “Report to Canadians”, and it will be the Clerk, Mr. Charles Robert.
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