May 06, 2016
By Michael Kramer
Premier Kathleen Wynne has released the name of a former member of the Ontario legislature – who she says was asked to resign in 2013 – after workplace sexual harassment complaints were made against him.
According to Wynne, an investigation led by an external and independent third-party expert was launched.
Wynne says after the results were received, she “determined that action indeed needed to be taken” – against then-Liberal MPP Kim Craitor.
In September of 2013 Craitor resigned his Niagara Falls seat – saying he needed to put his “health and family first.”
Craitor was a Niagara Falls municipal politician – before entering provincial politics – and has since returned to sit as a city councillor there.
Craitor has told the Niagara Falls Review that the allegations were “unfounded and unsubstantiated.”
The Review reported that – in an email to the newspaper, Craitor said he was told at the time that it was the party’s job “to protect the premier” – and to do that, he needed to resign.
Wynne says she didn’t disclose the circumstances surrounding Craitor’s departure at the time – because that could identify the complainant – but she says now a woman has come forward and identified herself to media.