Andrew Wilkinson’s statement on #metoo

VANCOUVER – I, like many of you, have watched the rapid growth of the #metoo movement this week with a mixture of sadness and admiration for the brave people sharing their stories. 

No person should ever have to go through harassment or assault. We should be unquestionably safe in our workplaces, our schools, and our communities. And yet as the vast outpouring of #metoo survivors this week shows, that just isn’t happening.

The first step of a transformation is now underway. Courageous people are breaking their silence and creating a chorus of voices that cannot be ignored. Those who have come forward are immensely brave. And those of us who have not experienced these traumatic events must support them. More than anything else, we can't allow this movement to draw to a quiet end. We have unfinished business on this issue and we must demand change.

#metoo has champions in the B.C. legislature, myself amongst them. Last year I was honoured to introduce a bill aimed at curbing a range of misconduct ranging from voyeurism to harassment and sexual assault on our post-secondary campuses. I am proud of that legislation, but recognize we have a lot more work to do.

We won’t stop there. As part of my leadership campaign for the BC Liberal Party, I will be including specific actions that government will take to prevent sexual violence should I become Premier.

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