04/03/2014 07:56 EDT | Updated 06/03/2014 05:59 EDT

Newfoundland premier looks into complaint of bullying against minister

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The premier of Newfoundland and Labrador is looking into a complaint of bullying made against one of his ministers.

The complaint to Tom Marshall stems from a conversation on budget day last week between Education Minister Clyde Jackman and Nathan Whalen, president of the Federation of School Councils.

In a letter to Marshall, Whalen says he felt "intimidated" by Jackman and claims he was bullied by the minister.

Jackman describes the conversation as a disagreement and says he did nothing wrong.

Whalen says he values the group's relationship with the Department of Education and the groups are trying to work things out, while Marshall says he's taking the allegation seriously as he listens to both sides.

Liberal critic Dale Kirby says the education minister, as the champion of the province's anti-bullying campaign, should be held to a higher standard.