Saskatchewan’s child advocate apologizes for harassment that led to suspension

REGINA — Saskatchewan’s advocate for children and youth has apologized following his resignation over harassment allegations.

“I would like to apologize to my family, friends and the children of Saskatchewan and to the staff members of the advocate’s office,” Corey O’Soup said in a statement released late Thursday.

The legislature’s board of internal economy had said earlier in the day that O’Soup had been suspended following an investigation. He then tendered his resignation.

Details of the harassment complaints were not released. A statement from the legislature said: “O’Soup’s suspension is the result of an investigation into multiple complaints of harassment.”

A statement from O’Soup’s office said the behaviour involved him and one other individual in the office. The statement, written by media relations consultants, said it “primarily consisted of inappropriate electronic communication and was not physical in nature.”

O’Soup’s statement said he regrets the pain he may have caused.

“He believes all workplaces should be safe and free of all harassment and is ashamed by his actions.”

The board said the investigation was done by an independent investigator with extensive experience dealing with harassment complaints.

Provincial ombudsman Mary McFadyen has been appointed interim advocate.

“Harassment cannot be tolerated in any workplace, and certainly not in the office of a statutory officer of the assembly,” Mark Docherty, Speaker of the legislative assembly, said in a release.

“I want to assure the staff members of the advocate’s office, and of all statutory offices, that we support their right to work in a safe and respectful environment.”

The advocate for children and youth speaks up for their rights, interests and well-being. O’Soup, a member of the Key First Nation, became Saskatchewan’s first Indigenous advocate when he took the job in 2016.

He said in the statement that he will continue to fight for the rights of Indigenous children in Saskatchewan.

A biography on the advocate’s website said O’Soup, married with five children, previously worked as a teacher and an Indigenous advisor for the province’s Ministry of Education.

In 2016, he helped lead the province’s response to a deadly school shooting in the northern community of La Loche. Later, as advocate, he said he would work to find ways to reduce the number of Indigenous children in care and improve mental health services, especially in the north.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

RDC, Olds College get $1.1. million to boost innovation, research

‘Cutting-edge’ research into clean energy, smart ag is encouraged

Red Deer’s mayor says new emergency dispatch system could imperil patient care

Delays will result from separating fire and ambulance calls, says Veer

John Horgan calls an election in British Columbia for Oct. 24

Opposition leaders question the need for an election during the pandemic

Pleasant start to autumn

Above average temperature for the week

QUIZ: A celebration of apples

September is the start of the apple harvest

Bryson DeChambeau blasts way to U.S. Open title

Bryson DeChambeau blasts way to U.S. Open title

DeChambeau carves up US Open one divot-sized slice at a time

DeChambeau carves up US Open one divot-sized slice at a time

Calgary wants to be a World Cup freestyle, snowboard hub city

Calgary wants to be a World Cup freestyle, snowboard hub city

Forge FC downs HFX Wanderers in Canadian Premier League championship game

Forge FC downs HFX Wanderers in Canadian Premier League championship game

Among multiple tournament cancellations, IIHF president puts faith in Edmonton

Among multiple tournament cancellations, IIHF president puts faith in Edmonton

Lightning the latest to learn Dallas Stars’ defence can be downright offensive

Lightning the latest to learn Dallas Stars’ defence can be downright offensive

Jets’ Connor Hellebuyck, Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl earn NHL awards

Jets’ Connor Hellebuyck, Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl earn NHL awards

Djokovic wins Rome title: ‘I moved on’ after US Open default

Djokovic wins Rome title: ‘I moved on’ after US Open default

Most Read