Moore suspended from duties but remains in NDP caucus pending investigation.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has suspended MP Christine Moore after allegations of inappropriate behaviour were made by an Afghanistan Veteran.
As reported by CBC who first broke the story, “Glen Kirkland told CBC the Quebec MP approached him after his testimony before a parliamentary committee in 2013 and invited him to her office, where she gave him alcohol, then followed him back to his hotel and later sent him explicit messages. 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.”
Kirkland also said that Moore later met him on a trip:
“It was during that visit, Kirkland said, that he told her “this is not happening.” He alleges she still turned up at his Brandon, Man. residence a few weeks later and he had to be “curt” with her.”
Notably, Kirkland says “Look, I’m not crying rape. I don’t like to think of myself as a survivor. I prefer ‘thriver.’ But what she did was inappropriate. Was I a willing participant? I guess it depends on your definition of willing. There was a power imbalance. There was a level of authority there.”
CPAC interviewed Retired Corporal Kirkland, a portion of which can be seen below:
Retired corporal Glen Kirkland on his allegations against NDP MP Christine Moore: "I feel like she took advantage of her position of authority & that's why we're in this position now."
— CPAC (@CPAC_TV) May 8, 2018
Singh says Moore’s caucus duties are being suspended pending an investigation. She remains in the NDP.
Ironically, Moore had made complaints regarding NDP MP Erin Weir and possible inappropriate behaviour. Weir has since been kicked out of the NDP.
Moore says she won’t be commenting on the allegations “at this point.”
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