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House conducting investigation of sexual harassment allegations against rookie Alberta Liberal MP Kang

By Abbas Rana      

The Chief Government Whip's Office says it was made aware of it and referred the allegations to the House's chief human resources office Pierre Parent.

Rookie Alberta Liberal MP Darshan Kang, pictured in this file photo on the Hill, is facing allegations of sexual harassment from a female constituency office staffer. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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PARLIAMENT HILL—The House chief human resources officer Pierre Parent is conducting an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against rookie Liberal MP Darshan Kang, the Chief Government Whip’s Office confirmed Friday.

“We were made aware of the allegations and referred them, as per the House of Commons process, to the chief human resources officer,” said Charles-Eric Lepine, chief of staff to Chief Government Whip Pablo Rodriguez (Honoré-Mercier, Que.), in an email to The Hill Times.

Mr. Lepine did not provided any details about allegations.

The sexual harassment allegations were made by a female staffer in Mr. Kang’s (Calgary Skyview, Alta.) constituency office.

Mr. Parent was not available for a comment by deadline.

Cameron Ahmad, press secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s (Papineau, Que.), said in an email to The Hill Times that the PMO did not have anything further to add to the comment from the Chief Government Whip’s Office.

Mr. Kang, 66, was not available for a comment by deadline.

The former two-term Alberta MLA won the 2015 election against incumbent Conservative MP Devinder Shory. Mr. Kang bested the two-term Conservative MP by a margin of 6.1 per cent of the vote.

The 2015 election was the first time the Liberals won seats in Calgary since 1968.

Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr (Calgary Centre, Alta.) also won his riding. Mr. Hehr unseated incumbent Conservative MP Joan Crockatt by a margin of 1.2 per cent of the vote.

Other than the two seats in Calgary, the Liberals also won two seats in Edmonton, including Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi’s seat in Edmonton Mill Woods and Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault’s seat in Edmonton Centre.

In 2011, the Conservatives won 27 of 28 federal ridings in Alberta. Under the redistribution of the electoral boundaries in 2012, the province added six more seats. The Conservatives won 29 seats of the 34 seats, the Liberals won four and the NDP won one.

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