Ha­rass­ment claim sub­ject to new process, PM says

Thurs­day, Au­gust 31, 2017

Metro Canada (Calgary) - - YOUR ESSENTIAL DAILY NEWS - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

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.

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