Independent senator Raymonde Saint-Germain (Archive photo)
She rejected arguments from some that Ms. Clément had not been intimidated since she remained in the House and voted on the motion to #x27;adjournment.
Privilege should not be seen as something that only comes into play when there is a truly undesirable outcome, Gagné said. In other words, it is not necessary that harm has been caused, she clarified.
Senators should not have to fear for their safety or any reprisals for simply presenting a motion or voting, said Ms. Gagné.
“It is very possible that if such behavior is not stopped, a senator may soon say to himself, 'Maybe I will sit out this vote, debate, or meeting. . I can't continue to be insulted and threatened." »
Ms. Gagné also addressed Ms. Clément's concerns that a social media post had triggered physical threats that prompted the police to ask him to temporarily leave his home for his own safety.
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The message, written by Conservative House Leader Andrew Scheer, resembled what Ms. Clement called a wanted poster. It included her photo and contact details, and urged people to contact her to complain.
Ms. Gagné claimed that even though he is important not to limit freedom of expression, senators must be careful about what they post and share online.
Senators disagree about what happened before the melee. Some have accused Conservatives of urging the Senate to reject the committee's report so that the Senate as a whole can debate each amendment individually.
The Conservatives have accused several members of the Independent Senate Group of conspiring with the government to delay the bill, including by introducing a flood of amendments.
One of them has already failed. We were to vote on a second one later on Tuesday.