Liberal MP Kent Hehr's Sex Accusers Willing to Forgo Their Privacy to See Report
Liberal MP Kent Hehr’s accusers in a sexual harassment investigation say they’re ready to forgo privacy in exchange for laying eyes on findings of a third-party investigation into the Calgary Centre representative’s conduct.
More than a year after taking her allegations public, Kristin Raworth says she’s never been able to view the report on her claims against the Calgary politician.
Raworth had accused Hehr of making sexually inappropriate comments to her when he was a Calgary MLA and she was an Alberta legislature staffer a decade ago.
She said the first time she met Hehr he called her “yummy,” and made similar remarks or tried to brush up against her in later encounters.
The Prime Minister’s Office commissioned an independent investigation by law firm Rubin Thomlinson LLP, instead of an inquiry by the House of Commons human-resources officer, because the alleged incidents didn’t occur while Hehr was an MP.
The review found Raworth’s claims were legitimate, but details of the independent investigation were kept under wraps by the PMO due to privacy concerns.
A second woman, whose identity was never made public, also came forward with harassment allegations but those claims were deemed unfounded.
An Alberta civil servant who lives in Edmonton, Raworth feels “thrown under the bus” by the secrecy surrounding the investigation.
Raworth said she and the unidentified accuser are willing to waive privacy if it means all parties involved, including Hehr, could be shown the report for the sake of ‘closure.’
“We’ve both been very clear that if they need to redact parts of it to protect other people’s privacy, fine — I’d waive mine and she would waive hers for sections to do with us,” Raworth said.
“It’s about us and we should be able to have access to that, instead of this government that speaks to transparency … holding that so close to the vest.”
In a statement to Postmedia, the PMO said “the findings of these investigations are not made public due to privacy considerations and to protect the integrity of the process.”
But those privacy concerns don’t just apply to Raworth, Hehr, and the unidentified complainant, but would also extend to any witnesses interviewed in the investigation.