Tom Mulcair met with Rehtaeh’s uncle, Michael Parsons, and several others who were holding signs, calling for justice for the teen who took her own life last month.
During Mulcair's speech, about 20 protestors could faintly be heard chanting outside.
A spokesperson for Mulcair, who was in town for the Nova Scotia NDP annual general meeting, said the leader met with the group to hear about the pain of losing Rehtaeh and the frustration with the Criminal Code, which doesn't have a law against cyberbullying.
Marilyn More, Nova Scotia's minister responsible for the status of women, was also on hand for the private meeting.
Mulcair said he would listen to their concerns and identify whether there are other legislative approaches that can be taken in the case.
More says she agreed to meet with the group in a month to discuss the progress of an independent review of how the Halifax Regional School Board responded to the 17-year-old's case.
According to Rehtaeh’s mother, four boys sexually assaulted her daughter when she was 15. Her family says she was then mocked by classmates, enduring relentless harassment and humiliation after a photo of the attack was circulated at her Cole Harbour, N.S., school and on social media.
On April 7, Rehtaeh was taken off life support after attempting to take her own life a few days earlier. She was 17.