Canadian Sports Minister resigns over sex allegations …”WHAT HAPPEN, DARRYL?”

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If Canadian Sports Minister, Kent Hehr, could resign last January  over allegations of sexual harassment, why didn’t Darryl Smith resign or be fired by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley over the same thing?

There is a saying in this country – nobody resigns; they wait to be fired. Instead of firing his Sports Minister, Rowley transferred him to the Ministry of Housing as a Junior Minister. No punishment!!!!

Smith is under pressure from the national community over sexual allegations made by his former personal secretary, who was paid an out of court settlement to the tune of $150,000.

In Canada, Hehr resigned while an investigation was ordered. He is still under investigations.

In January, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement saying he had accepted Hehr’s resignation, calling it a “leave of absence.”

Trudeau added, “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.”

The resignation came after posts to Twitter alleging inappropriate behaviour. A woman said Hehr made women feel “unsafe” and made verbally suggestive remarks, including “you’re yummy.”

The tweets said women felt fearful about getting in the same elevator with Hehr at the Alberta Legislature, where he was a member from 2008 to 2015, and that Hehr had made unwanted sexually suggestive comments.

Hehr issued his own statement, stating that the conversation society is having is a “very important one” and encouraged all women who have experienced harassment to come forward.

“Throughout my career I have always tried to conduct myself with respect towards others, and I understand the most important thing is how each individual feels.

“I have been informed that an investigation into these allegations has begun and I welcome and respect this process. While this is ongoing, I have resigned from cabinet pending the outcome of the investigation.

I do not want to be a distraction to all the good work ‎being done by our government.”

Hehr remained in the caucus as MP for Calgary Centre.

Trudeau said he was “unequivocal” in his support for women who come forward with complaints of sexual harassment and assault.

Trudeau said all allegations are taken “extremely seriously.”

He added, “My thoughts turn immediately to the women who came forward, knowing how difficult it is, it can be, to salute them for their courage and their leadership. I certainly hope their example will resonate and that the support of their friends, their families and the community at large remains with them.”

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