Memo to Andrea Horwath: Even "tapping" someone on the shoulder is considered intimidation. People have lost their jobs for it.

Ontario NDP honcho Andrea Horwath is not behaving very professionally lately. PC MPP Donna Skelly has accused Horwath of pushing her, and I am not certain what possible motive she would have to lie about it, but Horwath’s excuse is as pathetic as it is ill-informed:

Horwath denies accosting the PC MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook and claims it was Skelly who "went ballistic" when she tapped her on the shoulder.

I have known people who lost their jobs because they literally tapped an underling or colleague on the shoulder. It is considered intimidation, and you do not touch people at work, regardless of the circumstances.

Skelly had every right to be livid even if it were a “tap.” That is workplace harassment and bullying, and Horwath should know better. That is a form of intimidation, and Horwath may be the head of her party, but she still ranks lower than an MPP whose party formed the government. Skelly is the lone Hamilton-area PC representative, and no one in the Opposition party — or anyone else — has the right to touch her. That is a schoolyard tactic and Horwath owes Skelly an apology at the very least, but the offence is serious no matter if it were a push or a tap.

That is poor form, and there is no reason to touch anyone in that manner in the workplace — none

I will update this entry rather than add a new one: the Speaker may have “cleared” Horwath, but it is interesting how rules do not apply to politicians as they do to the plebs. Tapping is a fireable offence, and I know someone in a management position how tapped a coworker on the shoulder with a single finger — and he immediately knew the second he did it that he was going to get sacked for it (and he was). Horwath’s temper tantrums have not done a single thing to impact any policy, and I doubt the ineffectual boorishness will be toned down…