The Jian Ghomeshi effect: Scandal quickly opening conversation about sexual assault in Canada

National Post | News

Within a week and a half, the conversation about sexual assault and harassment in Canada has shifted at lightning speed.

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The aftershocks of the Ghomeshi affair rippled across Parliament Hill Wednesday, with the news that two Liberal MPs had been suspended from caucus for “personal misconduct,” following complaints from two NDP MPs. The words were not used publicly by Liberals but were whispered sotto voce – allegations of sexual harassment were the reason Newfoundland MP Scott Andrews and Montreal MP Massimo Pacetti will now sit as independents, pending an investigation. Both MPs deny any wrongdoing.

The revelations followed a story in the National Post Wednesday, where a young Arab-Canadian woman, Jasmine Ali (her pen name) said the women going public with allegations about Jian Ghomeshi inspired her to talk about what she called…

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