Trudeau allows candidate to run for re-election, despite sexual harassment allegations

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Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau refused to condemn one of his candidates who is facing six years worth of sexual harassment allegations from several young female staffers. Trudeau stood by Kitchener Centre candidate Raj Saini’s re-election effort during a campaign stop in Kanata, Ont. on Tuesday. “Mr. Saini has shared the processes. There have been rigorous processes undertaken that he has shared the details of. We know that it is extremely important to take any allegation seriously, which we certainly have, and we always will because everyone deserves a safe workplace,” claimed Trudeau. According to CBC News, seven sources have corroborated four different incidents where Saini is alleged to have made unwanted sexual advances and inappropriate comments towards female staffers. Saini has denied the allegations. One of the cases made its way into the Canadian Human Rights Commission last year. The staffer who filed the complaint has since expressed distress that the Liberal Party is choosing to field Saini as a candidate. According to the unnamed employee, Saini’s alleged sexual harassment was so severe that she attempted to take her own life in his office in March 2020.

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