The Liberals said the House of Commons should have a formal process to deal with these kinds of allegations to create "a welcoming and positive work environment." Yet when Ms. Ali went to the Liberal Party human resources department back in 2006, she was told nothing could be done about her case. It's easy to talk a good game.
According to Ms. Ali, a bigger problem than predatory MPs are political staffers thrust into positions of responsibility without any experience or preparation.
Each MP is considered to be a separate employer, charged with monitoring his or her own workspace; each party whip is notionally responsible for oversight; each party has different management practices.
In hindsight, it'll be pretty easy to identify how these chickens came home to roost. As this story goes further and further down the rabbit hole we'll shake our head in confabulated shock at the fact that instead of focusing on poisoned people, we could have been taking lead out of the pipe. how political HR processes became a matter of contention and how that ties in to the broader challenges of our democratic deficit, open government, all the rest of it. The common thread will remain the same.
In hindsight, there will be a couple of folk who will say to themselves, "man - all this stress and career-damage I'm facing now could have been prevented if I'd made a choice to be on the right side of the future instead of trying to defend the status quo."
Because they won't be able to feign surprise that this was coming.
Of course, it's not too late yet. As is the case with all conversions processes, you've got right up until it's too late to change your ways.
Isn't that always the truth?