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2021-09-05 01:22:52

Raj Saini, a Liberal candidate in Ontario, says he’ll now not be operating in Canada’s 2021 federal election, following allegations that he harassed a former member of his workers. Saini has firmly denied the allegations.

In an announcement Saturday, Saini confirmed he has taken “the painful determination” to finish his marketing campaign for the forty fourth Parliament.

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“Persevering with the marketing campaign now not serves the very best pursuits of my household, workers members, marketing campaign group and constituents,” Saini stated within the assertion. “For everybody’s well being and security, I’ve taken the painful determination to finish my marketing campaign for the forty fourth Parliament.”

Saini additionally stated that he intends to focus on preventing these allegations.

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“I can be focusing all my consideration and efforts to problem these defamatory, false accusations and am within the means of consulting authorized counsel to evaluation all choices,” he stated.

Ever because the allegations — first reported by CBC — the Liberals have confronted stress from the Conservatives and the NDP over their determination to permit Saini to run for workplace a 3rd time.

Conservative Chief Erin O’Toole accused Trudeau of “a tradition of coverup” and NDP Chief Jagmeet Singh stated the Liberal chief was “not listening to ladies.”

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Canada election: Trudeau defends dealing with of sexual misconduct circumstances amid Saini allegations

At a information convention final week, Liberal Chief Justin Trudeau confronted calls for for an impartial inquiry into the conduct of Saini.

Trudeau dominated out an extra probe, saying that there have been already “sturdy, rigorous, impartial processes in place.’

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On Friday, Trudeau confronted additional questions on whether or not the “processes” that seemed into the Saini allegations have been sufficiently impartial.

Trudeau stated he took such allegations “extraordinarily significantly.”

— With information from The Canadian Press 

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