Questions asked to the Government on November 14th, 2011, about sexual harassment cases in the RCMP

Ms. Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga, NDP):  Mr. Speaker, we are hearing more and more stories like that of Catherine Galliford, an RCMP corporal in British Columbia who was sexually harassed in the workplace for 20 years. How is this zero tolerance?

Corporal Galliford has been off work for the past four years as a result of the harassment she endured.

Will the government commit to dedicating all the resources necessary to supporting Corporal Galliford and other victims of sexual harassment in the workplace?

Hon. Vic Toews (Minister of Public Safety, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I am very concerned about these very troubling reports. We expect all members of the RCMP to carry out their duties with integrity and professionalism. Our government is committed to providing all women in the RCMP a workplace free of sexual harassment. I will be raising this issue with the new commissioner very shortly.