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Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

Senate committee releases independent evaluator’s report on compensation for staff of former senator Meredith

October 14, 2020


Ottawa – The Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration has released the report of the independent evaluator who assessed claims of staff who experienced harassment — including, in some cases, sexual harassment — while working in the office of former senator Don Meredith.

The committee has accepted all recommendations in the report of the Honourable Louise Otis, including that her report be made public. Her report is available on the committee’s page of the Senate website.

A total of $498,000 will be paid in compensation to nine staff members, while $30,000 will be paid in respect of legal fees incurred by some staff members.

In an investigation that concluded in 2019, the Senate Ethics Officer found that Mr. Meredith had engaged in behaviour that “constitutes both harassment and sexual harassment” after having considered incidents that took place prior to Mr. Meredith’s resignation from the Senate in May 2017.

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Alison Korn
Issues Management and Media Relations Advisor | Senate of Canada
613-410-1892 | alison.korn@sen.parl.gc.ca