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