Speaking Out: Kristin Raworth on her decision to speak out against Kent Hehr

In January, Kristin Raworth wrote on Twitter that MP Kent Hehr — a former Alberta MLA — used sexually inappropriate comments to colleagues and made women in his workplace feel unsafe.

Her statements came as Canadian politics was starting to face its own #metoo moments. Allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct were emerging in virtually every political party, at every political level. 

The reaction to Raworth’s comments were swift — Hehr resigned from his cabinet position and Raworth became a target of more harassment and even hate. 

In this episode, Raworth talks about her decision to go public, whether she regretted putting her allegations on Twitter, and the need for change in how Canadian politics tackles sexual harassment and misconduct. 

Also, in this episode, we talk about Edmonton city hall and its debate on gender-based analysis being used to develop city policy. Not everyone is happy about it — big surprise. Read the column by Edmonton Journal columnist David Staples here.

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