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Member Statement (20 November 2008)

From Hansard - 20 November 2008

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Forthcoming Apology

Ms. Wilson: —Mr. Speaker. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Murdoch Carriere’s victims deserve an apology. For far too long the depth of their pain and suffering has been ignored. It is time to take a step in the right direction and do what is right for these nine brave women who decided to break their silence and come forward.

On Monday, Mr. Speaker, this Assembly will apologize to Murdoch Carriere’s victims. For years, Mr. Speaker, they were harassed at work by their supervisor, a senior government employee. They were afraid to come to work. Their pleas for help fell on deaf ears.

These women had the right to expect their employer to provide a safe, harassment-free workplace. Their employer, the Government of Saskatchewan, failed them. These women had the right to expect honesty from their employer about Murdoch Carriere’s employment status. Their employer, the Government of Saskatchewan, failed them. For that, they are owed an apology.

Mr. Speaker, when these courageous women broke their silence and told their story, they thought they would be able to get closure and move forward. That was not to be, Mr. Speaker. A great man once said, Mr. Speaker, that the time is always right to do what is right. It is time, Mr. Speaker. Thank you.

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