Senator cleared of sexual harrassment

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Harrassment did not occur says report




A firm of private investigators hired by the Senate has cleared Senator Colin Kenny of sexually and verbally harassing his former aide, Pascale Brisson, when she worked for him.

Brisson said that Senator Kenny had also ordered her to run personal errands and order suits for him on the internet.

In the investigators’ report, which has not been made ​​public, Deborah Jelly of Glencastle Security Inc., is categorical: there was no harassment by the Senator.

On each charge of mischief, said investigator Jelly "harassment did not occur."

The complainant said she spent more than 50% of his time dealing with personal business for the Senator, adding that she would have preferred to stick to the parliamentary work for which she was hired.

Kenny and Brisson each have five days to read the report and then the other senators will decide the fate of their colleague and his former assistant.

The investigation was a carried out by Glencastle Security Inc., an Ottawa- based company specializing in investigation of labor disputes of all kinds.

The Senate chose not to bring in police, but the NDP, which by law has nothing to say about the business of the Senate, however, had demanded a full judicial inquiry into this story and those of other senators.

Kenny refused to comment on the report's findings.

"I have to respect the process,” he declared some time ago. "I have great confidence that, ultimately, I will be exonerated."

Pascale Brisson did not comment.

The Liberal leader Justin Trudeau declined to comment as well. "I do not have senators in my caucus and the Senate will decide what are the next steps to be taken," he said.

Colin Kenny was appointed in 1984 by Pierre Elliott Trudeau, but resigned to sit as an independent in November.

According to a report by Radio-Canada, the investigator Jelly interviewed Brisson, Kenny, two other employees and another senator who had employed Brisson.

Pascal Brisson had wanted the investigator to speak as well to her parents, some of her friends, her doctor, with whom she said she had talked about her time working for Senator Kenny.

Since the beginning of the investigation, seven other women came forward publicly about Senator Kenny. But it appears the investigator Deborah Jelly did not question them.

Colin Kenny reaches the Senate’s mandatory retirement age of 75 in 2018 when he will have served for 34 years.


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