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Jagmeet Singh says he always believes survivors. Well, here's another one

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08.05.2018

As is his right, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has set a rigorously high bar for sexual misconduct within his party — possibly the highest in parliamentary history.

Explaining his decision last week to throw MP Erin Weir out of caucus, Singh said an independent investigator had found that "Mr. Weir failed to read non-verbal cues in social settings. And that his behaviour resulted in significant negative impact to the complainants."

Singh acknowledged that "when Mr. Weir was told his advances were unwanted, he stopped." But, he said, he decided to expel Weir when it became apparent the MP was not sufficiently remorseful or willing to take full responsibility for his offences.

The names of Weir's accusers have been withheld even from him, an increasingly common practice nowadays in the corporate world.

Actually, just about everything about Weir's case is unremarkably routine nowadays, save for one fact: the complainants had to be sought out. The original accusation against him was made in an open email earlier this year to all caucus members by a third party: fellow MP Christine Moore (Abitibi-Temiscamingue).

Weir had been seeking the position of caucus chair, and Moore replied that she was aware of his behaviour, not toward her, but toward other women, and that "You are the last person in the caucus I would like to see to get that position … as a woman I would not feel comfortable to meet with you alone."

That email prompted Singh to suspend Weir from caucus, and, effectively, make an announcement on Feb. 1 inviting complaints against the MP.

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