Nov 07, 2014
By Jane Brown
Justin Trudeau is defending his actions in suspending two MP’s from his party’s caucus and going public with allegations against them earlier this week. The Federal Liberal leader maintains he “had a duty to act” when an MP directly complained to him about the alleged behaviour of one of his caucus members. And he says, that by doing so there would have been an expectation that there would be consequences.
“I think giving the explanation of allegations of personal misconduct was both general and specific enough to be fair,” Trudeau explained, “I regret that the House of Commons doesn’t have a proper situation as process in place.”
Trudeau was reacting to a comments by NDP leader Tom Mulcair who says the two women New Democrat MPs have been victimized a second time by Trudeau’s decision to publicize their complaints. Mulcair says he knew about the complaints but had not pursued them because the women wanted to keep the matter confidential. He also chided Trudeau for failing to give New Democrats a heads up before going public. MP’s Scott Andrews and Massimo Pacetti are now sitting as independents pending an investigation. They both maintain they have done nothing wrong and will cooperate with the investigation.