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Wednesday and Thursday were not great days for Canadian politics. While Justin Trudeau was off in Davos, Switzerland trying to encourage the global elite to invest in our Home and Native Land, back home, three major Canadian politicians resigned over misconduct allegations. Nova Scotia Conservative leader Jamie Baillie, Ontario Conservative leader Patrick Brown and Liberal MP/Minister of Sport/Minister of Disabilities Kent Hehr all resigned their offices within a 24-hour period.

Jamie Baillie

The Nova Scotia PC leader was forced to resign Wednesday afternoon after an investigation into a complaint made by a female staffer in December concluded. Though few details about the complaint or investigation were made public, Baillie was found to have breached Nova Scotia House of Assembly policy on prevention and resolution of harassment in the workplace. The allegations were for “inappropriate behaviour” and party heads indicated that there were claims of sexual harassment.

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, PC party president Tara Miller and caucus chair Karla MacFarlane said that they were protecting the identity of the individual who put forth the complaint and did not answer questions about if they were forwarding the information to the police. A Halifax Regional Police spokesperson said that they had not received a report as of Wednesday.

Baillie has been the party leader since 2010 and had announced in the fall that he would be stepping down from the position sometime in the near future after a leadership convention could be organized. As of right now, no date has been set for a convention and no interim leader has been announced.

Patrick Brown

Wednesday night, CTV News published an exclusive report with two claims of sexual misconduct against the Ontario PC leader. The first incident was from 10 years ago and was alleged by a woman who said that she met Brown at a bar (though she was underage at the time) and he invited her and a friend back to his home. While on a tour of the house, Brown allegedly brought the woman to his room and proceeded to expose himself to her and request oral sex from her. She obliged for a short time before leaving.

The second accusation was by a female staffer who worked for Brown while he was an MP in Barrie. She detailed to CTV how he was often inappropriate with her and described one instance when he forcibly kissed her after inviting her to his bedroom under the pretense of looking at pictures.

Brown denied all accusations in a press conference late Wednesday, calling them “categorically untrue.” He added, “I will defend myself as hard as I can, with all means at my disposal.” In the early hours of Thursday morning, Brown resigned his position as leader, though stated that he would remain in his position as MPP for the time being. His resignation came after a conference call with caucus leaders who unanimously agreed he should step down and after reactionary resignations from key members of his staff.

While some expressed shock at the allegations against Brown, PC MPP Lisa MacLeod told reporters Friday that she was familiar with similar claims against Brown and had expressed concern to the campaign team “two or three times” before Christmas. She was told at the time that the allegations were “unfounded.”

Justin Trudeau reacted to the news from abroad in Davos. He spoke about the courage of the women though some are concerned about the the fact that no major leaders expressed the desire to see due process carried out.

With only five months to go until a provincial election, the Ontario Conservatives are left scrambling for a new leader to put up against current Premier Kathleen Wynne and NDP leader Andrea Horwath. MPP Vic Fedeli was chosen as interim leader by the PC caucus Friday afternoon, but a leadership convention will likely be called before the June election.

Kent Hehr

Thursday afternoon, Liberal MP Kent Hehr, who was serving as both the Sport and Disabilities Ministers, resigned pending an investigation into allegations against him for inappropriate sexual remarks made during his term as an Alberta MLA. Kristin Raworth was an Alberta government employee working in the same building as Hehr and she described on Twitter several instances when she ended up alone with Hehr. She said he would make comments calling her “yummy” that made her “feel unsafe.” She alleges that his behaviour extended to all the young women in the building.

In his resignation statement, Hehr did not address the accusations explicitly but said “I have always tried to conduct myself with respect towards others, and I understand the most important thing is how each individual feels.” Justin Trudeau accepted the Minister’s resignation but called it a “leave of absence” in a statement.

At the beginning of December, Hehr was at the center of two scandals in one week for other insensitive comments he made to individuals. In the first instance it was alleged by members of a group of Thalidomide survivors that Hehr had made degrading remarks to them during a meeting earlier in the year. One member of the group also said that he had touched her inappropriately. At the time, Hehr said that his comments must have been “misconstrued” and that any touching was completely accidental. Two days later, he was accused by mother and veteran Jennifer McCrea of being “condescending” when she met with him in 2016 when he was the Minister of Veteran affairs.

At the time, Hehr made a statement saying he “can be brash and sometimes even inappropriate” but added, “I’m committed to taking steps to better myself.”