Afghan vet alleges sexual misconduct against NDP MP Christine Moore

Elias Hubbard
May 10, 2018

Veteran Glen Kirkland during his service in Afghanistan in 2008.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh rejected Glen Kirkland's claim that "everyone knew about" the rumours of NDP MP Christine Moore's alleged improper behaviour on Wednesday, telling reports he and his team were unaware.

In a statement released Tuesday, Singh said Moore will remain a member of caucus pending the results of an investigation, but that she is being temporarily relieved of her duties on committees and other party matters.

"While that process is ongoing, Mme".

Singh's decision to suspend Moore's additional duties pending the outcome of the third-party probe mirrors the actions he took towards newly-Independent MP Erin Weir. "Once the work of the investigator has been completed, Mme".

The NDP leader said Moore's role in caucus will be "re-evaluated" once an investigator has reviewed the matter.

Just last week, Mr. Singh expelled Saskatchewan MP Erin Weir from the NDP caucus, saying Mr. Weir had failed to take responsibility for sexual-harassment claims against him that were sustained by an independent investigation. The shot killed three other soldiers and left Kirkland with severe injuries, including a damaged pancreas and right eye, crushed vertebrae, bleeding in the brain and PTSD.

Kirkland made national headlines for speaking out on behalf of injured soldiers who had been kicked out of the military before qualifying for their pensions.

In a statement issued Tuesday, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said CBC News contacted his office May 7 regarding allegations made by retired corporal Glen Kirkland alleging the MP for Abitibi-Témiscamingue used her position of authority to try to take advantage of him nearly five years ago. "Kirkland alleges Moore, a nurse, offered him gin even after he told her he was taking antidepressants and painkillers, and was not supposed to be drinking".

Then, he said, she followed him back to his hotel where she spent the night.

But she still showed up at his home in Brandon a few weeks later where, he said, he insisted she was not welcome.

It should be said here that Kirkland did not come to me with his story. In the strict, authoritarian hierarchy of the military, where someone just a few ranks up requires abject obedience, a member of Parliament on a powerful committee in Ottawa might as well live in another world.

During that visit, he says, he told her, "This is not a thing".

But had the situation been reversed, he said people would be in jail. "She asked me back to her office.?"

In a statement distributed by the NDP, Moore said she welcomed the investigation.

About the same time, in an email sent by an aide, Singh said: "These are troubling allegations that I take very seriously and will have more to say shortly".

"Out of respect for the fairness and the integrity of the process, I will not be commenting further on these allegations at this point", she said.

In Ottawa, Kirkland's claims led reporters to camp outside committee rooms and derail press conferences, asking legislators if they supported their party colleague.

"I think we're all on the same page in saying that's the statement that stands", she said.

NDP MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault echoed Dubé's comments.

Moore now stands as both a target and accuser of sexual-harassment complaints.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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