Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Commons-Resumes

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Commons-Resumes

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OTTAWA - How to deal with the sexual misconduct of politicians is high atop the agenda as members of Parliament get back to work today in Ottawa.

As MPs prepare to debate legislation designed to strengthen sexual harassment protections for federal employees, the prime minister says change is needed to encourage more women to enter politics.

Trudeau's comments to his Liberal party caucus yesterday came as the recent fast-paced movement against sexual misconduct was being felt inside and outside Ottawa.

Allegations of misconduct resulted last week in the resignations of the Progressive Conservative party leaders in Ontario and Nova Scotia, and in Trudeau's own cabinet.

Science Minister Kirsty Duncan is to be formally sworn in today as minister of sport and persons with disabilities in place of Kent Hehr, who left the portfolio after being accused of sexual misconduct while he was a member of the Alberta legislature. …

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