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Some Liberal MPs, pundits say Trudeau still owes a ‘full explanation’ about groping allegation to his MPs at caucus retreat in Saskatchewan

By Abbas Rana, Shruti Shekar, Jolson Lim       

If PM Trudeau does not provide a ‘full explanation’ to his caucus at the Sept. 11-13 retreat in Saskatoon, Liberal MPs will question him, says a Liberal MP. But others say this would be a career-ending move.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who shuffled his cabinet last week, should offer a full explanation to his caucus at the Liberal summer caucus retreat Sept. 11-13 in Saskatoon about the groping allegation against him, some Liberals say. But the Angus Reid Institute released a poll on July 20 which found that 63 per cent said this specific incident was overblown and garnering too much attention.  The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s failure so far to clearly explain the groping allegation against him 18 years ago is “front and centre” in the minds of some Liberal MPs as they head to the Liberal summer caucus retreat in Saskatchewan in September, say some Liberal MPs and pundits.

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