Harassment claim subject to new process, PM says
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Justin Trudeau says he’s relieved that the House of Commons now has a formal process in place to deal with allegations of harassment such as those being levelled against one of his own MPs.
Calgary MP Darshan Kang says he’s on medical leave thanks to allegations that he repeatedly sexually harassed a young female staffer in his office — allegations he strenuously denies.
Trudeau has largely refused to comment while the new independent process runs its course. Trudeau says he’s glad to have a way to deal with what he called “very important, very serious, also very delicate matters of harassment and other allegations.’’
Trudeau was asked why he hasn’t suspended Kang as he did Scott Andrews and Massimo Pacetti, pending the outcome of the ongoing review, but he didn’t directly answer the question.
Under the new system, adopted in 2014, an external investigator reviews the facts and interviews the complainant, the respondent and any witnesses before determining whether the complaint is partially or fully substantiated, not substantiated or frivolous. Either the complainant or the respondent can appeal if they’re unsatisfied with the final report. In that event, an appeal panel is convened, consisting of one member chosen by the complainant, one by the respondent and an external expert.