It’s been four days since news broke of sexual harassment allegations against Liberal Calgary MP Darshan Kang and now the NDP wants to know why Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not commented on it yet.
“I’m particularly surprised that there’s no statement,” said New Democrat Critic on the Status of Women Sheila Malcolmson. “Liberal standard operating procedure is that the MPs are removed from caucus.”
The Hill-Times first reported the allegations on Friday and that they came from an unnamed employee at Kang’s northeast Calgary constituency office.
“We were made aware of the allegations and referred them, as per the House of Commons process, to the Chief Human Resources Officer,” said Charles-Eric Lepine, the Government Whip’s Office Chief of Staff, in an email to 660 NEWS.
Specific details of the allegations are unknown and nothing has been proven.
Multiple requests have been sent to Kang for comment, but so far there’s been no statement from him or a spokesperson and the only statement from the Liberals on the matter has been from Lepine.
Malcolmson points to the suspension of former Liberal MPs Massimo Pacetti and Scott Andrews, removed over allegations of personal misconduct in November 2015.
“He immediately removed two members of Parliament from his caucus and that was with the understanding of innocent until proven guilty,” she said. “I think it’s out of keeping with his past actions, so I’m curious as to why.”
They were booted for good from the party several months later following an investigation.
Malcolmson said a proper investigation in due course is vital not only to the accuser, but Kang himself.