Trudeau non-committal on Darshan Kang, Liberal MP accused of sexual harassment

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Ottawa: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is again offering no hints about how he plans to respond to allegations of sexual harassment against a member of the Liberal caucus.

Darshan Kang, a Calgary MP, is facing allegations that he repeatedly harassed one of his staff members and offered her money in order to keep the claims to herself.

Kang has issued a statement proclaiming his innocence, saying he is currently on medical leave as a result of the stress surrounding the allegations.

Asked why he had not yet expelled Kang from caucus, Trudeau would say only that the allegations are being handled through an independent process established to deal with cases of misconduct involving parliamentarians.

Sheila Malcolmson, the New Democrat critic for women’s issues, is urging Trudeau to take decisive action.

Malcolmson says a prime minister who advocates a “zero tolerance” approach to sexual harassment and bills himself a feminist should not be stalling and silent on such matters.

The Canadian Press