Canada's NDP


June 19th, 2024

MP Mathyssen and Other Parliamentarians Introduce Pledge Against Harassment

Dear Colleagues,
We write to you today asking for your support for a parliamentarian-led initiative to call for improvements to our workplace with respect to harassment and civility.

The institution in which we serve is unique, steeped in tradition and history. It has been a place of incredible strength, reason, conviction and justice. It has also been a place of incredible colonialism, racism, misogyny, and discrimination.
For most of us, Parliament has been a rewarding place to work, but for more and more of us in the last few years, it has also become a toxic environment. We have all seen, at all levels of government, the number of politicians who have decided not to stand and/or leave politics all together due to harassment.
Through all of that, Parliament is what we make it and there are many of us who are determined to make it better.
As the co-chairs for the Canadian Association of Feminist Parliamentarians, we are reaching out to all parliamentarians, in all parties or groups to sign the enclosed pledge, promising to call out harassment when we see it in our Chambers, in our committees and in our larger workplaces. This initiative replicates the work of a municipally led group of women in Halton Region (Ontario) because they too wanted to better their political workplaces.
Please see the pledge attached to this email. We invite you to sign on and return it to:
There is no obligation to sign on. There is no deadline by which to sign. This is not only for women to sign.

We are asking a representative parliamentarian to be the lead for their respective caucus or group. If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to either of us.

Parliamentarians are being asked to pledge to:

  1. Support each other and call out abuse and harassment when we see it or experience it;
  2. Call on all our allies to stand with us to support women in office and call out all forms of abuse and harassment;
  3. Call on all elected officials to uphold the highest standards of conduct, focusing on respectful debate of the issues and not personal attacks;
  4. Call on the relevant authorities to ensure the protection of individuals who speak out against abuse, or who experience abuse, providing them with

the necessary support and resources.
It is time to get serious about creating a safe and supportive environment that encourages all individuals to participate in the political process without fear of abuse or discrimination. Our democracy depends on it.

We ask that Parliament be consistent and show the leadership Canadians and all those living on Turtle Island expect from us.

Thank you,

Hon. Marilou McPhedran, Senator Lindsay Mathyssen,

Member of Parliament


Please see pledge form here