I unreservedly and sincerely apologize for comments I made recently in response to questions around sexual harassment on parliament hill. Any form of harassment, sexism or language encouraging victim shaming have absolutely no place in our public discourse and in our society.
As a woman in politics, who has overcome many obstacles throughout my career, often in male dominated environments, I believe in supporting women in all walks of life who experience sexism and harassment. We need more women in politics, and I intend to play a positive role as an elected official by encouraging women, and supporting them when they speak up.
I recognize that my comments have caused anguish to Ms. Najibzadeh and have apologized to her, and offered my support. My door remains open.
MP Don Valley East