NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has announced an independent investigation into an allegation of “harassing behaviour toward women” made against NDP MP Erin Weir.Singh told reporters that a concern about Weir was raised in an email sent to NDP MPs earlier this week.
Singh said Weir will be suspended from his caucus duties until the investigation is complete.Weir issued a statement shortly before Singh announced the investigation.
Weir said, “As politicians, we are placed in a position of public trust. We are, and should be, held to the highest possible standards and it is absolutely right that our party has a process to investigate any allegations of harassment.”
“However, I do not know what is being alleged. I am confident that I have not harassed anyone and welcome a prompt investigation to clear my name. I look forward to continuing to represent the people of Regina–Lewvan as a member of the NDP caucus.”
Concerns about harassment and misconduct in the Canadian political world have been reverberating for days and, though the NDP had not yet had to deal with an allegation, Singh had already discussed the general situation.
Singh said, “The first step is always to believe survivors. We need to believe survivors. Secondly, we need to create safe spaces for survivors or people who want to come forward to be able to come forward in a way that’s safe.”