May 20, 2018

Canadian Minister of Sport Resigns Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

29 January 2018, 07:37 | Rufus Hill

Canadian Minister of Sport Resigns Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Kent Hehr resigns from cabinet after allegation he called ex-staffer 'yummy'

"Obviously, as I've said many times throughout this week, it's really important to believe and support any woman who comes forward with allegations of sexual harassment or sexual assault and that's exactly what my government, myself, do", he said, according to Global News.

Hehr - who declined an interview request Friday - did not address the allegations against him in his resignation statement but said he always tried to treat others respectfully.

"Today, I accepted the Honourable Kent Hehr's resignation from cabinet pending the outcome of the investigation".

Another Canadian politician Patrick Brown, leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives resigned on Thursday over sexual misconduct allegations. "I have been informed that an investigation into these allegations has begun and I welcome and respect this process", he said.

That's all well and good, Raworth said Thursday, but she would like to see a broad conversation about harassment in politics.

"I will be staying on as Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre to continue working hard on behalf of my constituents". He encouraged all women who have felt "uncomfortable or who have experienced harassment of any kind" to come forward.

He had previously served as veterans affairs minister but was shuffled out of that role a year ago.

The allegations against the MP have roiled the provincial and federal Liberals in Alberta, with many - including the only Liberal MLA, David Swann - declining to comment.

Brown called the sexual misconduct allegations raised by two women "false" and "difficult to hear".

The latest accusation against Hehr follows three incidents last fall where people accused him of being disrespectful and condescending towards them.

That prompted another woman, Kirstin Morrell, to come forward to say Kang had repeatedly groped and kissed her despite her rejection of his advances while she was his provincial constituency assistant between 2011 and 2012. "'When did you stop beating your wife?"'

In Hehr's absence, Kirsty Duncan, the present Ministry of Science, will also serve the Ministry of Sports and Disabilities.

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