ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Harassment allegations gripped the governing Liberals again today in Newfoundland and Labrador after former finance minister Cathy Bennett said a culture of intimidation helped drive her from cabinet.
In local media interviews, Bennett said she often felt isolated and the target of whisper campaigns before she quit cabinet last July.
She cited personal reasons at the time, but now says a culture of bullying in cabinet and caucus helped lead to her resignation.
Opposition critics seized on those revelations, saying they cast serious doubt on Premier Dwight Ball’s claims he only knew of harassment issues last week.
Accusations have forced two ministers in less than a week out of cabinet and caucus pending investigations into their behaviour.
NDP Leader Gerry Rogers says Ball has lost control of his government and should resign, but the premier says he’ll stay on.
The Canadian Press