Liberals should shed light on Tootoo: Anawak
OTTAWA — A former Nunavut MP says the Liberals need to own up and explain why Hunter Tootoo is no longer a member of cabinet or caucus.
Jack Anawak — once a Liberal MP and the federal NDP’s nominee in Nunavut in the last election — says the party built up Tootoo as a star candidate and it now has a duty to explain additional details about his departure.
The Prime Minister’s Office and Tootoo himself remained silent on Thursday after the Globe and Mail published a report saying sex allegations involving the former fisheries minister prompted his dismissal.
Tootoo maintains he decided to take a two-month leave of absence due to alcohol addiction.
Anawak, who also went to rehab for addiction issues, says he doesn’t believe Trudeau’s assertion that Tootoo left on his own terms at the end of May, calling the explanation “lame.”
He also says the people of Nunavut deserve to understand why they now have an Independent MP as the territory’s sole representative in the House of Commons.
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By The Canadian Press