Calgary politician Darshan Kang said he plans to stay on as an MP on Friday after a House of Commons investigation found he had violated Parliament’s rules against harassment.
The CBC says an investigator found Kang acted improperly by trying to enter the Ottawa hotel room of a young female staffer who worked in his constituency office in June 2017. The report says the staffer objected and the MP should have known his actions were unwanted.
WATCH: Calgary MP Darshan Kang says he will continue political career despite harassment decision.
The CBC report also says the investigator concluded that some of the staff member’s other allegations could not be substantiated, including that she had been offered money to remain silent about his behaviour.
“I will continue to serve my constituents,” Kang said in a statement to Global News on Friday afternoon.
“This is a confidential process,” he said, adding he had no further comment.
A political scientist told Global News on Friday that Kang faces a difficult future.
“I don’t know how he’s going be able to do his job because you can be an Independent MP and still be effective for your constituency, but his name has been dragged through the mud in Calgary Skyview,” Mount Royal University’s Duane Bratt said.
Kang, a former member of the Alberta legislature who was elected as a Liberal MP in 2015, resigned from the caucus last August after denying the allegations and vowing to clear his name.
Heather Bradley, a spokeswoman for Speaker Geoff Regan, says the report cannot be released due to privacy concerns.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Kang is no longer a Liberal MP and would otherwise not comment on the case.
“Whether it is this process or others, the Liberal party has no interactions or responsibility over what his next steps are,” Trudeau said in Barrie, Ont.
WATCH: Prime Minister Trudeau revealed that the Liberal Party has dismissed Calgary MP Darshan Kang after a House of Commons investigation concluded that he violated Parliament’s rules against harassment.
-With files from Heide Pearson and Gary Bobrovitz