Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Workplace Sexual Harassment Discussed at G7 Meeting about Workplace Disruption

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Workplace Sexual Harassment Discussed at G7 Meeting about Workplace Disruption

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G7 meeting discusses #MeToo movement


MONTREAL - Representatives from the world's largest industrialized countries agreed that workplace sexual harassment must be addressed to deal with a problem faced by many working women, Canadian ministers said at the conclusion of a G7 meeting on Wednesday.

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains and Labour Minister Patty Hajdu told reporters Wednesday that delegates from the seven countries and the European Union acknowledged that the issue needs to be explored collaboratively.

Hajdu said participants discussed how endemic harassment and systematic violence are challenges many women face regardless of industry or country.

"We talked about the multiple ways we can work together to really let everyone know that time's up and we cannot tolerate this if we expect women to prosper," she said after a meeting between the Canadian ministers and a group of G7 counterparts in Montreal.

The minister said Canada discussed its approach, including the introduction of Bill C-65 which is designed to prevent harassment and sexual violence in federally regulated workplaces.

An official said the government of France in particular was interested in the legislative proposal expected to be passed later this year.

Bains said the global #MeToo movement that resulted from accusations against high-profile men such as film producer Harvey Weinstein has started an important conversation among politicians and business leaders.

"This is really, really important that we get it right as G7 countries, as G7 leaders to create a safe work environment and if we don't the consequences are enormous," he said.

Bains said companies that fail to deal with it put their business and brand at risk.

The Canadian government has used its position as hosts to push for gender equality.

During the two-day meeting, G7 employment and innovation ministers also agreed that all governments should take an active role preparing companies to be part of the digital economy. …

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