Green Party says MLA behaviour sets wrong example
Anti-bullying message should start in the House, says Peter Bevan-Baker
The leader of the Green Party on Prince Edward Island says if government is serious about dealing with the issue of bullying then MLAs should take a look at their own behaviour.
Peter Bevan-Baker said the fierce partisanship and inability to compromise in the House sets a bad example for society in general.
"I would love to see our MLAs recognize the link between the behaviour that they exhibit here in the legislature and a small but not insignificant contribution that that might make to the incivility and the lack of respect that you see in society today," he said.
Bevan-Baker said it would take just one MLA to stand up and show genuine agreement with someone on the other side of the house to set an example.
Bullying is a topic that is on the government agenda. On Friday, Education Minister Alan McIsaac said P.E.I. is looking at anti-bullying legislation in other provinces, as it prepares to introduce a law here.
Last week, Nova Scotia’s government announced new legislation to create Canada’s first cyberbullying investigative unit following the high-profile death of Rehtaeh Parsons.