The Prime Minister is sitting in the middle of an 18-year-old groping allegation that seems to only get worse as time goes on.
The story first began when former Liberal insider Warren Kinsella published the following article on his blog which discussed an August 2000 editorial, from the Creston Valley Advance.
The article describes a young female journalist at the time being “inappropriately handled” by Justin Trudeau.
Fast forward a few weeks and everyone from Canadian reporters like Brian Lilley, to Americans such as Washington Post’s Rebecca Tan, and even popular Youtuber Philip Defranco were discussing the story.
But until now it was just that general discussion around an 18-year-old story, with no name.
Today the CBC released a tape of their conversation with the individual who was the publisher of the Creston Valley Advance (at the time of this articles release) where she openly discusses the real nature of these allegations.
As a response to recent questions, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he does not remember any “negative interactions” during an event he attended 18 years ago in British Columbia.
Trudeau told reporters in Regina today that he remembers attending the music festival in Creston, B.C., but doesn’t recall anything going amiss.
“I remember that day in Creston well, it was an Avalanche Foundation event to support avalanche safety. I had a good day that day. I don’t remember any negative interactions that day at all,” Trudeau said.
Well, that is just how these things work, isn’t it? It’s an unmemorable non-event for the celebrity perpetrator, but the victim is left to carry that their entire lives.
This response marked the first time Trudeau has offered direct comment on the 18-year-old allegation, and perhaps the most important moment in this case so far.
In previous interviews on the topic of sexual harassment, Trudeau has rightly made it very clear that he thinks that women who come forward with complaints of sexual assault and harassment must be supported and believed.
Most recently the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of former Sports Cabinet Minister Kent Hehr (who resigned due to sexual harassment allegations), by issuing the following statement.
“Harassment of any kind is unacceptable and Canadians have a right to live and work in environments free from harassment”
“As a government, we take any allegations of misconduct extremely seriously, and we believe that it is important to support women who come forward with allegations and that is exactly what our government will do.”
So I am left to wonder why the PMO, and the media is not taking these allegations seriously, especially when cabinet ministers, and former candidates for Premier who have faced allegations of harassment, even from before their political careers, have been forced to step down from their roles.
Editors Note: Since publication new information potentially show the CBC sitting on this story for an extremely long period of time, deciding to largely ignore the entire story.
A connected source in Ottawa told me he spoke to a reporter at the CBC about this story weeks before it went public, and that they said they had investigated it but felt it was not newsworthy given the info they had. And apparently they were content to just leave it at that. https://t.co/fmCHHWeLvs
— Anthony Furey (@anthonyfurey) July 2, 2018
How can the Prime Minister state in one sentence that victims deserve to be believed, and in another ignore the real allegations which surround him at this moment?
How can any Canadian truly trust the process when we can see it so favourably applied?
These allegations have merit, and they deserve real investigation.
Heck, for a moment think about this from the perspective of the potential victim, in this case, it would be an individual who has for the past ten years seen Trudeau virtue signal his way to the top of the political food chain and is now faced with a media who potentially believes a hypocritical feminist over the genuine victim.
A truly frightening thought.
If the Prime Minister believes what he preaches then he should want to never allow the above frightening scenario to occur. He should be more open to inquiry.
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