Tootoo questions need an­swers: former MP

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

A former Nu­navut MP says the Lib­er­als need to own up and ex­plain why Hunter Tootoo is no longer a mem­ber of cabi­net or cau­cus. Jack Anawak — once a Lib­eral MP and the fed­eral NDP’s nom­i­nee in Nu­navut in the last elec­tion — says the party built up Tootoo as a star can­di­date and it now has a duty to ex­plain ad­di­tional de­tails about his de­par­ture. The Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice and Tootoo him­self re­mained silent on Thurs­day af­ter the Globe and Mail pub­lished a re­port say­ing sex al­le­ga­tions in­volv­ing the former fish­eries min­is­ter prompted his dis­missal. Tootoo main­tains he de­cided to take a two-month leave of ab­sence due to al­co­hol ad­dic­tion. Anawak, who also went to re­hab for ad­dic­tion is­sues, says he doesn’t be­lieve Trudeau’s as­ser­tion that Tootoo left on his own terms at the end of May, call­ing the ex­pla­na­tion “lame.” He also says the peo­ple of Nu­navut de­serve to un­der­stand why they now have an In­de­pen­dent MP as the ter­ri­tory’s sole rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the House of Com­mons.

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