Trudeau ad­dresses Scott An­drews al­le­ga­tions

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY JAMESMCLEOD

Fed­eral Lib­eral Leader Justin Trudeau fielded a num­ber of ques­tions from re­porters last Thurs­day about Avalon MP Scott An­drews, who was thrown out of cau­cus for al­leged sex­ual ha­rass­ment in­volv­ing a fe­male NDP MP.

In St. John’s on a whirl­wind visit, Trudeau said there are se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions in­volved and he’s tak­ing the mat­ter se­ri­ously.

“We are tak­ing this step-by-step, and this is a se­ri­ous process,” he said.

“We are look­ing into a num­ber of dif­fer­ent next steps, and we will have an an­nounce­ment soon. We will be let­ting peo­ple know about our next steps in due course.”

“We are tak­ing this stepby-step, and this is a

se­ri­ous process.”

Trudeau vis­ited Con­fed­er­a­tion Build­ing to meet with his provin­cial coun­ter­part, Dwight Ball, and get his photo taken in­di­vid­u­ally and in groups with var­i­ous MHAs and can­di­dates for the up­com­ing provin­cial elec­tion.

Thurs­day evening, he ar­rived to a crush­ing crowd at the Swilers Rugby club, where he spoke for about 15 min­utes, and spent prob­a­bly twice that long wad­ing through the crowd, get­ting his pic- ture taken with sup­port­ers.

Then he was off to do a book sign­ing at Chap­ters. Trudeau was sched­uled to de­liver a speech to the St. John’s Board of Trade at lunchtime Fri­day.

In his com­ments at Swilers, Trudeau kept things breezy. He men­tioned the time he got thrown out of the Sundance on George Street at his stag party and how ex­cited he is for the provin­cial Lib­er­als, who are cur­rently en­joy­ing im­pres­sive lev­els of pop­u­lar­ity.

When he was asked about spe­cific pol­icy, Trudeau said his guid­ing prin­ci­ple is about work­ing to­gether.

“I’ve been very spe­cific about ac­tu­ally of­fer­ing a gov­ern­ment that’s will­ing to part­ner with the Gov­ern­ment of New­found­land and Labrador, re­spect its provin­cial part­ners and talk about the chal­lenges we’re fac­ing, whether it’s around ed­u­ca­tion or health care,” he said.

His over­rid­ing mes­sage was about the need for a more hope­ful, in­clu­sive brand of pol­i­tics.

“The kinds of ar­gu­ments and spats and dis­agree­ments that end up be­ing po­lit­i­cal, but not ac­tu­ally serv­ing our cit­i­zens, need to stop,” he said.

“The chal­lenges that we’re fac­ing are not go­ing to be solved by point- ing fin­gers or slam­ming doors. They’re go­ing to be solved the way all chal­lenges in this coun­try are solved — by a bunch of us rolling up our sleeves and get­ting down to work to­gether.”

— The Tele­gram

Photo by Rhonda Hay­ward/TC Me­dia

Lib­eral Leader Justin Trudeau makes his way to the podium at the Swilers Rugby Club in St. John’s.

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