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PM responds to allegations against Kent Hehr

PM responds to allegations against Kent Hehr

Canadian Cabinet Minister Kent Hehr, who was responsible for the sports and persons with disabilities portfolio, has resigned pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations of misconduct, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday.

Hehr confirmed his resignation from Cabinet in a statement and said he had been informed an investigation into these allegations has begun, adding, "I welcome and respect this process".

Late on Wednesday, Alberta public servant Kristin Raworth raised allegations on Twitter about Mr. Hehr's conduct around women during his time in the Alberta legislature.

Now, another woman -who wishes to remain anonymous- has spoken with CityNews Toronto, claiming that on the three or four times she and the minister met he always had a suggestive comment to make, and at times he could be "grabby" and was too friendly with his hands during photos.

Hehr did not immediately return a request for comment, but the prime minister says he will raise the issue with him Thursday.

In a statement from the PMO, Trudeau says "harassment of any kind is unacceptable and it's important to support the women who step forward".

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Raworth said she chose to speak out "because I think that it's incredibly important in the current climate we are in that we have these conversations about abuse of power and sexual harassment in the workplace and what that looks like".

Hehr will be staying on as the MP for Calgary-Centre. "Or me. We need to continue to support survivors and we need to continue to make politics a place for women", Raworth wrote. He encouraged all women who have felt "uncomfortable or who have experienced harassment of any kind" to come forward. "It is never okay", Mr. Hehr said in his resignation statement.

Rubin Thomlinson is already investigating allegations of inappropriate behaviour by a senior member of Mr. Trudeau's office, Claude-Eric Gagné, who is on leave from his position as deputy director of operations.

"There is literally no woman who worked in the annex who didn't experience this".

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