Trudeau Liberals not transparent on sexual misconduct allegations, citing ‘privacy’ concerns


Independent Member of Parliament Marwan Tabbara faced an internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations made against him during the 2019 federal election. The allegations included inappropriate touching and unwelcome sexual comments directed at a female staffer. Claims about inappropriate behaviour involving Tabbara and a female staffer were reported to the Liberal party multiple times over the past five years, reported CBC. The source spoke anonymously in June 2020, citing fears of being blacklisted within Liberal circles that negatively impacted their careers. Despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s zero-tolerance policy on sexual misconduct in the workplace, the party approved Tabbara as a Liberal candidate in 2019. The decision to approve his candidacy took over six months to make — an unusually long period for an incumbent. Before becoming prime minister, Trudeau said he was “unequivocal” about ensuring a process, accountability and “zero tolerance” for harassment and intimidation. “We have more to do, all of us, to make sure Canada is free from harassment and intimidation, all of us.”

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