Woman breaks silence on Canada PM's groping allegation

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Federal Employment Minister Patty Hajdu voiced her support for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Friday over an 18-year-old groping allegation made against him - making her the first member of his cabinet to directly address the controversy publicly.

However, the Prime Minister emphasised his understanding that women and men can experience situations differently. "We have to respect that".

Trudeau says he has been reflecting a lot about the incident in recent weeks, since an 18-year-old editorial from the Creston Valley Advance newspaper surfaced describing how the then-28-year-old Trudeau apologized for inappropriately touching a female reporter. He said that if he did indeed apologise about the interaction - as the editorial says he did - then "it would have been because I sensed that she was not entirely comfortable with the interaction that we had". "Mr. Trudeau did apologise the next day". I haven't reached out to her, no one on my team has reached out to her.

Let's now reflect on what the reporter and author of the editorial had to say.

"I don't want to speak for her, I don't want to presume how she feels now", he said. Trudeau has officially stated that he "doesn't feel he acted inappropriately".

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Bourne said that she found the reporter's account credible and that she had not been satisfied with Trudeau's responses.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer told CP24 that Trudeau has set a standard for the handling of these kinds of allegations within his caucus and he thinks the prime minister still has more to explain about the allegation.

"I did not pursue the Incident at the time and will not be pursuing the Incident further", Knight said in her statement Friday. "I don't remember any negative interactions that day at all", he told reporters.

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"I've been reflecting very carefully on what I remember from that incident nearly 20 years ago and again I feel, I am confident that I did not act inappropriately". "But shouldn't the son of a former prime minister be aware of the rights and wrongs that go along with public socializing?"

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"The same interactions could be experienced very differently from one person to the next", he added.

Trudeau was asked Thursday whether he meant to open an investigation into the issue, given his party's zero tolerance policy on sexual assault.

CP24 has chosen not to name the woman in an effort to protect her privacy.

Trudeau, citing the increasingly open discussion in society about sexual assault, conceded the woman in question could have come away from the encounter in August 2000 with a very different interpretation of what had happened. He said, "There is no context in which someone doesn't have responsibility for things they've done in the past".

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