Hehr faces allegations of sexual harassment.
Kent Hehr – formerly the minister for sport and disabilities – has resigned.
The resignation comes in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment dating to his time in the Alberta Legislature.
Justin Trudeau accepted Hehr’s resignation in a 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.”
Even before the allegations against Hehr, he had become a very unpopular minister. Many felt he treated Veterans and the families of Veterans disrespectfully – including deleting comments from Veterans on his Facebook page, even when people were making legitimate requests for help.
He was also criticized for how he treated Thalidomide survivors, including allegedly telling them that “everyone in Canada has a sob story.”
Hehr’s duties will be filled by science minister Kirsty Duncan.
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