There were strong words during a heated debate in the Saskatchewan Legislature Wednesday afternoon.
The NDP says Premier Brad Wall is playing cheap politics by raising questions about an NDP candidate accused of raping a young NDP volunteer worker.
Wall says there are serious issues which need an answer.
“These are questions for this house, they’re questions that should be asked around the province, the individual who brought forward the complaints in the first place, tweeted that her friend had been sexually assaulted by another former NDP candidate, at last year’s NDP convention, Wall said while speaking during question period Wednesday.
Premier Wall said the NDP needs to send a strong, clear message about supporting victims of sexual assault.
“Shame on this Premier for using these words for cheap political points. I have complete confidence in every single member of my caucus, what I do not have confidence in is this Sask. Party government and that Premier, if he wants to spend his final days stooping that low, then that is on him,” Sarauer said.
In a media scrum following legislature, Sarauer said she could not commit to stripping a person accused in this case of their NDP membership.
“I don’t have that authority in the constitution,” Sarauer said. “I respect the work of the committee.”
Sarauer says the Saskatchewan NDP is not focussing on the past, but how the party can do better in the future.
“I would say that this has been a challenge,” Sarauer said. “This is a challenge not just for one party, one organization, or workplace. You’re seeing the dialogue around the world, quite frankly.”
The NDP anti-harassment committee has hired a third party investigator to review the matter.
The woman at the centre of this controversy called on the premier to apologize for his remarks in the legislature.
Which Brad Wall did later on social media.