Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Alberta NDP Member Sandra Jansen Urges Colleagues to Fight Harassment

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Alberta NDP Member Sandra Jansen Urges Colleagues to Fight Harassment

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Jansen speaks to house about verbal abuse

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EDMONTON - Alberta legislature member Sandra Jansen is urging her colleagues to fight abuse directed toward all politicians.

In a member statement to the house Tuesday, Jansen recounted some of the comments she said have been directed to her since she crossed the floor to the NDP from the Progressive Conservatives last week.

She said she had been labelled "dead meat," a "useless tit," a "dumb broad" and told that she should stay in the kitchen.

Jansen said such harassment and abuse thinly hides violent intent and can scare off women seeking to make a contribution in public life.

"Let us be strong and clear in our resolve that no matter where we sit along political lines we stand together against this," Jansen told the house. …

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