Trudeau office slow to investigate sex harassment claims

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament...

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa November 19, 2013. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Jessica Hume, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:59 AM ET

OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau is sticking to his story that his office only learned of the sexual harassment investigation launched by the Senate against Liberal senator Colin Kenny when the media did, several months after a complaint was first received.

"My office found out about the allegations around Mr. Kenny at the same time that everyone did in the media reports," Trudeau said Tuesday. "And we responded immediately by approaching both Mr. Kenny and by contacting the individual in question."

But Trudeau's own office explained that it took Trudeau's chief of staff, Cyrus Reporter, four days to meet with the complainant, and that's after the initial complaint email got lost in the shuffle for more than two months.

A former staffer to Kenny emailed Trudeau's office Aug. 22 outlining complaints of a sexual nature.

Trudeau's office says Pascale Brisson's email was one of 400 that used the subject line "Senate Reform," causing it to get lost.


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