The committee running the Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership race says it plans to get to the bottom of what happened to Calgary MLA Sandra Jansen.
To that end, it’s brought in a neutral third-party to investigate allegations that Jansen was harassed while a candidate.
So far, Alberta PC Party president Katherine O’Neill hasn’t given a timeline, but she says the party wants answers as quickly as possible.
Jansen announced this week that she has dropped out of the race, citing intolerable personal and online abuse from supporters of another candidate.
At a rally denouncing sexism in politics yesterday, demonstrators gathered at the Famous Five statue in Calgary’s Olympic Park.
Calgary City Councillor Druh Farrell took part, and told Global News that social media has given people the ability to be anonymous while spewing negativity.
“The bullying toward women is different in politics than it is toward men” said Farrell, “because it’s often violent and it’s often sexually violent.”
Rally organizer Nirmala Naidoo, who also acted as Jansen’s spokesperson while she ran for the PC leadership, says having women in politics is crucial if government is to truly represent society. But Naidoo adds that getting women to run for office is only made more difficult thanks to harassment like that which Jansen described. (ms, Global News, News Talk 770)