NDP MP accuses Liberals of breaching privacy of misconduct victims

New Democrat MP Craig Scott is lashing out at the Liberals for what he calls a breach of good faith and confidentiality around the case of two female colleagues who alleged misconduct.

OTTAWA — New Democrat MP Craig Scott is lashing out at the Liberals for what he calls a breach of good faith and confidentiality around the case of two female colleagues who alleged misconduct.

The Canadian Press has reported that Scott accompanied one of the two women to a private meeting with Liberal whip Judy Foote and NDP whip Nycole Turmel to go over the details of her allegation against a Liberal MP.

Multiple sources familiar with the matter say Scott, a former law professor, told the Liberals that one of the misconduct incidents — as it was described to him —amounted to an allegation of sexual assault.

In a statement, Scott — a former Osgoode Hall law professor — does not confirm or deny that characterization of the incident.

He says he went to the meeting in good faith to help a friend, but he now feels the confidentiality has been broken in a way that puts pressure on the victim.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau suspended MPs Scott Andrews and Massimo Pacetti from caucus the following week, despite their denials of any wrongdoing.

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