Harassing the harassment harassers

The provincial New Democrat's oh-so-painful attempt to birth a harassment policy continues. Loyal Public Eye readers may recall, at their last meeting, provincial council delegates voted to refer that policy to the Dippers' constituonal and party affairs committee for further development (where many hoped it would stay). But now it seems the committee has thwarted those hopes, drafting what some would consider a wet dream for the party's political correctness crowd.

If passed, the New Democrat's harassment policy will be required reading "at the commencement of formal meetings of the BC NDP, including but not limited to BC NDP Convention, constituency executive meetings, Provincial Council and Executive meetings, policy review and standing committee meetings, YND and WRC conventions." Oh boy.

But wait, there's more delights. Under the policy, the chair of the women's rights committee will be a member of the committee reviewing harassment complaints. Surely those accused of said harassment will get a fair hearing from her! The following is a complete copy of that policy, which was leaked to Public Eye and will be discuss at this weekend's council meeting.

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Harassment Policy

The Policy

The BC New Democratic Party is committed to ensuring that all Party activities be conducted in an environment that is free from harassment and/or discrimination and that all members treat each other with respect and dignity.

In dealing with actions, words, or behaviour by a member or members that is offensive to another, the following ideal should be observed: The purpose is to promote communication and understanding between people. The goal of the policy is to foster a harassment-free environment as well as to encourage discussion and resolve problems that may occur between people.

The BC New Democratic Party will neither tolerate nor condone any behaviour which is likely to undermine the dignity or self-esteem of an individual, or create an intimidating or offensive environment.

What is Harassment?

Harassment or discrimination, including sexual harassment, is an expression of perceived power or superiority by one person over another.

Harassment or discrimination happens when a comment or action occurs that is known or ought to have been known to be unwelcome or offensive.

Harassment or discrimination can be based on many grounds including but not limited to gender, race, age, political belief, ancestry, colour, family status, sexual orientation, class, physical or mental disability, religious affiliation, or place of origin.

Who Will Resolve Harassment Complaints?

Following the call to order of formal meetings of the BC NDP, Harassment Officers shall be chosen from delegates to serve until the end of the meeting. Two Harassment Officers, one male and one female, shall be chosen.

Between formal meetings, if a person or persons feel they have been subjected to harassment or discrimination, the information should be reported immediately to the two Harassment Officers designated by the Provincial Executive

Where the alleged harassment or discrimination involves one of the appointed Harassment Officers, then that Officer will be excused and replaced by a member of the Executive who is not directly involved.

How Will Harassment Complaints be Resolved?

The Harassment Officers will investigate the matter and attempt to mediate the issue informally or have it investigated and/or mediated by a person designated by the Provincial Executive. The complaints will be investigated in an expeditious manner.

Both the complainant and the alleged harasser will be interviewed, as will any individuals who may be able to provide relevant information. Confidentiality and the rights of all members concerned will be respected. The subject of a complaint has a right to know the nature of the complaint and to make reasonable explanation or defence.

The goal of the policy is for Harassment Officers to deal with the incident in a way that satisfies the parties involved.

If mediation fails to resolve the issue, the person or persons who feel harassed or discriminated against will put the allegations in writing and submit the issue to a committee consisting of the President, two Vice-Presidents, and the Chair of the Women's Rights Committee.

The committee will review the information and seek input from persons with a direct interest in the complaint. After hearing the matter, the committee will fashion a remedy which could include but is not limited to issuing appropriate sanctions. If the complaint is determined to be unfounded, the complaint will be dismissed.

Application of the Policy

This policy shall be read at the commencement of formal meetings of the BC NDP, including but not limited to BC NDP Convention, constituency executive meetings, Provincial Council and Executive meetings, policy review and standing committee meetings, YND and WRC conventions.

23 Comments

I am just thinking out loud here, ... but was Anita Braha or Patricia O'Hagan involved in writing this policy? Perhaps Lou Hafer?

This matter really is a tempest in a teapot. If Charlie King hadn't spoken against this motion last time and raised such a fuss, it would have been passed. What is the problem with the Womens' Rights Committee Chair reviewing harassment complaints. Seems like this person would be best qualified to do this job. SHAME on the bigots for voting this policy down last time. We'll have the last laugh next weekend!

This is yet another power play from the Funcky Moncky Vancouver crowd (with Sam S. in tow as their water boy!) They hve totally taken over the Women's Rights Committee and are now trying to elevate the importance of their little social club/clique constitutionally within the NDP. Disgusting. I hope that intelligent-thinking members REVOLT against this PC bullshit Thought Police.

"Not a Fan" I don't believe anyone, including Charley, was speaking against the Chair reviewing harrassment complaints, I think the problem was with staff having anything to do with and being involed in, the process. But this is only my assessment of what was being argued.

But what is shameful is not allowing people to have an opinion that is contrary, and then calling them bigots. Personal attacks are not helpful in any debate.

I'm sick and tired of this party being derailed by white yahoos from the suburbs like Charley King. End of story.

"SHAME on the bigots for voting this policy down [sic; they actually just referred it back to committee] last time. We'll have the last laugh next weekend!" .... "I'm sick and tired of this party being derailed by white yahoos from the suburbs like Charley King. End of story."

Soooo... now a majority of the NDP Provincial Council are all "bigots". It seems that for a certain sector of the Vancouver left, everybody (except their enlightened selves) is a bigot....

You are all bigots and we rule the world!!!!!

Muuuaaaaahahahahahaha!

I don't know if Not a Fan of Charlie King and Think again for a third time are the same people or not. It's really hard to tell!

However, be they one person or two, they both sound to me like the kind of people that audra trouwer estrones williams, and her loyal sidekicks like Michelle and RealityBites, would welcome to the wonderful world of Rabble/Babble, where Liberals and Communists can hunt down and systematically harass centrist New Democrats by whatever means they please.

"...centrist New Democrats...". That's rich. Reminds me of Contragate, when the Reaganites claimed to be dealing with "Iranian moderates". Most people can still remember 10 years of visionary leadership from "centrist" New Democrats from 1991-2001. An unmatched record of victory after victory for the common man (and woman) and the disadvantaged. A Golden Age, in so many ways. In one brief decade, their enlightened policies brought an end to centuries of homelessness, poverty and social injustice. Oh wait. That was Sweden. In BC the centrist New Democrats brought us the Nanaimo Commonwealth Holding Society, "fudged" budgets, imposed public-sector contracts, cuts to welfare, fast ferries, Nanoose Bay, "problems" with casino licences and have-not status. Thank God the "extremist" New Democrats were held at bay.

"In BC the centrist New Democrats brought us the Nanaimo Commonwealth Holding Society, "fudged" budgets, imposed public-sector contracts, cuts to welfare, fast ferries, Nanoose Bay, "problems" with casino licences and have-not status."

This is good polemical material for leaflets, advertisement, stump speeches and the like. However, it's mostly deceptive, as you well know Steve.

The cuts to welfare, BC Benefits, were called for, demanded even, by Liberals, the media, the Federal Govt, business, academics, the welfare bureaucracy, everyone. The NDP did cut basic support levels, but at the same time became the first province to introduce in-work benefits to make work economically more attractive that welfare for those with low earnings capabilities. This type of thing never appears in the stump speech. I wonder why?

As far as the fast ferries goes, the major reason the project went over budget is because the Federal Liberals {David Anderson, Inc. at tht time}, refused to support training for the aluminum welders. For some reason, MacPhail and Ramsey calculated that they could outrun the issue if they just turned turtle and parked the vessels in preparation for sale. Big mistake. All it did was close the argument. It will now be up to Kyle Washington to offer these boats back to the Govt during the Olympics to help move people from Vancouver to Squamish.

This harassment motion is the Fast Ferries of the urban funcky crowd. Their last ditch effort to control speech (and the growing criticism of them)through a seemingly innocuous motion. Sad but true.

Is there something I am missing?

Why is it that a ceratin poster who goes under various names always spells funky f-u-n-c-k-y

and monkey m-o-n-c-k-y

it sort of gives away that it is the same person constantly posting that they hate everyone from Vancouver.

Actually, the terms funcky and moncky have been used on this forum for a while. It's not surprising that they have caught on.

I can't wait to see what happens with this motion at provincial council. Will Dippers be smart enough to vote this down? Time will tell, but I doubt it.

Nice try sherlock. It's the same jagoff that has it in for Neil Monckton who keeps betraying their immature obsession using different names.

Yeah, like there's only one person in the world who doesn't like the Vancouver Crowd. Seing as they're universally loved, this is quite probable.

I like this so called Vancouver Crowd. They're young, they're funky, and they have gone a long way in making this party more accessible to urban people, minorities, and queers which we NEED in order to win the next election. And let's face it, it's not like there are any other qualified people in the party.

Mike

"To assent to obvious lies is to cooperate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control."

This statement describes what has happened in the US under Republican rule...yes, the Republicans, the ones your buddy Gordon Campbell is in bed with.

Mike

If your're wondering...my good buddy..sleepswithangels..is psychic.

When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to cooperate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to. -- Theodore Dalrymple

I really am a party faithful, and so far I have agreed with most things the party puts forward and passes. I'm easy going and I like the compromise on affiliation and don't think it weakens Carole's image, BUT HARRASMENT OFFICERS??? APPOINTED at the beginning of very meeting??? PLEASE! This is ridiculous, a harrasment policy and a formal complaints procedure for sure, but officers? Political correctness police? I hope this didn't pass council.

Yep, it was passed. But not before the chair of the WRC and her friends had to scurry around like rats stacking the mikes and slandering anybody who was opposed to their motion.

Who on earth is/was Theodore Dalrymple? Is he another one of Bill Barlee's former legislative interns and ministerial assistants?

It's great to watch the cadres destroy themselves!

Carry on, my pretties!

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