Toronto : Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has accepted the resignation of minister sport and persons with disabilities, Kent Hehr, Thursday after allegations of sexual harassment emerged on social media.
Late on Wednesday, Alberta public servant Kristin Raworth raised allegations on Twitter about Mr. Hehr’s conduct around women during his time in the Alberta legislature. Her comments came after Conservative party leaders in Ontario and Nova Scotia were hit with separate allegations of harassment and resigned their positions.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau said that “Harassment of any kind is unacceptable and Canadians have a right to live and work in environments free from harassment.
In a statement issued from PM office ; Justin Trudeau said “as a government we take any allegations of misconduct extremely seriously, and we believe that it is important to support women who come forward with allegations and that is exactly what our government will do.
“One of the first things we did when we formed government was to put in place rigorous processes to address allegations. This is the same approach that was taken when I became leader of the Liberal Party. Having a process that can address these allegations while at the same time offering support and a safe space for those who come forward is important and something Canadians expect.
“Today, I accepted Kent Hehr’s resignation from cabinet pending the outcome of the investigation. During his leave of absence, his ministerial duties will be performed by the Kirsty Duncan who will serve as Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, in addition to being Minister of Science.”