MP Erin Weir says he has been ousted from NDP caucus — NewsAlert

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks at an availability following caucus meetings in Ottawa on Thursday Jan. 25 2018.
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But he says the investigator found there were acts of a sexual nature.

Leader Jagmeet Singh is expected to address a simmering controversy in the party's federal caucus on Thursday, after Saskatchewan MP Erin Weir alleged an unnamed staff member accused him of harassment because of his views on carbon pricing.

On May 1, Weir appeared on CTV's Power Play to respond to a CBC report that multiple complaints of harassment surfaced during the third-party investigation process and cited the account of one anonymous woman.

Weir's expulsion comes after he alleged publicly that the harassment complaint levelled against him in January was not only unfounded, but a politically motivated attempt to punish him.

According to Weir, Singh informed him that he was being expelled from caucus, not because of the report's findings, but as a result of him speaking out in response to allegations reported earlier this week, saying the harassment complaint process was being used for political retaliation.

The investigation was launched in February after Weir was accused by one of his caucus colleagues, Christine Moore, of having harassed several women, including NDP staff members.

Weir pleaded his innocence on the day he was suspended, but otherwise stayed silent while the investigation was conducted - at least until his office released a statement late Tuesday. But "recent developments demonstrate Mr. Weir is unwilling to take responsibility for his actions and therefore any rehabilitative approach is now untenable".

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While Moore said she had not personally experienced anything untoward, Singh deemed the allegations serious enough to suspend Weir and ask University of Ottawa law professor Michelle Flaherty to investigate. Singh, meanwhile, was slated to give an "update" on the issue Thursday morning, after delaying his routine post-caucus news conference after the sudden death of Conservative MP Gord Brown, said party spokesperson Sarah Andrews.

It said Weir was forced to speak up after the CBC quoted an unidentified complainant who accused Weir of having spoken to her in an angry and belligerent way that made her feel physically intimidated.

Weir was in Regina on Wednesday, where staff in his constituency office said he was not giving interviews.

Saskatchewan MP Erin Weir will now be sitting as an independent member of Parliament.

Today, the leader of the New Democratic Party announced that he was expelling a member of the caucus following complaints of harassment by staff.

"I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable because I stood or sat too close or spoke with them more than they wished to talk with me", Weir said in his statement released minutes before Singh spoke to reporters.

"I am confident that in this situation we have responded appropriately and fairly to the claims brought forward", Singh said.

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