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PMO Affirms staffer being probed over unspecified allegations

14 Dec 17
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An official in Justin Trudeau’s office has been investigated over unspecified allegations, the Prime Minister’s Office and the official confirmed late Wednesday.

The Prime Minister’s Office hasn’t identified the official or the nature of the allegations, but many media outlets have reported that the accusations included “improper behaviour”

The staffer, Claude-Eric Gagne, the PMO’s deputy director of operations, has issued a statement he is on leave due to an “independent investigation regarding allegations” which have come to the PMO’s interest.

“I’m taking this situation seriously and I have offered my full and total co-operation to the investigator who gave me the chance to expose my version of the facts to those allegations that I challenge the veracity,” Gagne said in an emailed statement.

“I expect that the process will succeed whenever possible.”

Gagne says he will not comment any further to prevent undermining the procedure he’s agreed to take part in.

Trudeau’s manager of communications, Kate Purchase, says any allegation brought to the PMO is taken extremely seriously.

“In this situation, an investigation was immediately triggered with the aid of an independent investigator and the person in question went on leave, pending the outcome.”

Purchase said the PMO wouldn’t comment further to safeguard the integrity of the procedure.

Courtesy: The Globe And Mail

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