OTTAWA – New Democrat MP Craig Scott is lashing out at the Liberals for what he calls a breach of good faith and confidentiality around the case of two female colleagues who alleged misconduct.
The Canadian Press has reported that Scott accompanied one of the two women to a private meeting with Liberal whip Judy Foote and NDP whip Nycole Turmel to go over the details of her allegation against a Liberal MP.
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Multiple sources familiar with the matter say Scott, a former law professor, told the Liberals that one of the misconduct incidents – as it was described to him -amounted to an allegation of sexual assault.
In a statement, Scott – a former Osgoode Hall law professor – does not confirm or deny that characterization of the incident.
He says he went to the meeting in good faith to help a friend, but he now feels the confidentiality has been broken in a way that puts pressure on the victim.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau suspended MPs Scott Andrews and Massimo Pacetti from caucus the following week, despite their denials of any wrongdoing.