Constituency staff are non-partisan government employees. When MLAs force them to use their taxpayer-funded time for partisan purposes, there should be consequences.

My colleague Karen McPherson deserves kudos for her persistent efforts to get to the bottom of this.

MLA Rosendahl’s behaviour raises two questions:

1) How does the NDP, who are supposed to be champions of workers everywhere, tolerate bullying of an MLA’s staffer?

2) Why have the UCP been silent? Do they have skeletons they don’t want escaping from their constituency closets?

I think Karen said it best:

My bigger concern is that this issue is looking like a larger pattern of behaviour from the government, with harassment and bullying to the point that staff – and even MLAs – are leaving, while these matters continue to be covered up.

For this worker to be fired after she filed a complaint with the Public Interest Commissioner – a last resort – is shameful and ironic, because such actions would not be tolerated in the Alberta Public Service under the government’s own new whistleblower protection legislation.
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