How many claims of sexual impropriety can one MP be involved in? Well, if you are New Democrat MP Christine Moore the answer, so far, is three with Moore playing different starring roles in each one.
Moore, a 34 year-old MP from Northern Quebec, was suspended from her duties in the NDP caucus but remains a member of the party after Moore, who has been an accuser before, was accused by a vet of inappropriate actions.
“I take these allegations very seriously and I will be appointing an independent investigator to conduct a fair and full examination,” Singh said on Tuesday.
Funny, it was just last week that Singh released the results of “an independent investigator” into the conduct of Erin Weir, an investigation sparked by Moore’s claim that Weir had acted inappropriately with some party members, but not her.
There is a history here.
And of course if your memory goes back to 2014, it was Moore that was at the centre of allegations against a Liberal MP that saw his career ended. Moore claimed that she had sex with Massimo Pacetti, “with no explicit consent from me.”
Yet despite claiming there was “no explicit consent,” she has told reporters including Christie Blatchford, that she provided the condom.
For the record Pacetti has denied the allegations outright.
But if we take Moore at her word, her idea of not giving consent is to get naked with a man and hand him a condom? Most grown adults know that to be nothing but malarkey.
The accuser is now the accused.
Now Moore is facing her own accuser, a man who says he came before the defence committee in 2013 to discuss how veterans were being treated and was seduced, then effectively stalked by an MP on that committee, a veteran herself.
In a story broken by CBC’s Neil Macdonald, Moore is described as playing Corporal Glen Kirkland with alcohol when Kirkland accepted an invitation to Moore’s office to, she said, learn more about his injuries how he could be helped, and then following him back to his hotel room.
While Kirkalnd isn’t claiming he was raped or assaulted, he did tell Macdonald that was happened was wrong given that he was an injured vet, she was the MP that could help his case.
“Look, I’m not crying rape,” says Kirkland, who is now a Realtor in Brandon. “I don’t like to think of myself as a survivor. I prefer ‘thriver.’ But what she did was inappropriate. Was I a willing participant? I guess it depends on your definition of willing. There was a power imbalance. There was a level of authority there.”
Her questions to Kirkland look creepy in hindsight.
Ms. Christine Moore: You said earlier that you had a fiancée when your accident happened. Was she provided with any assistance and advice, so that she could deal with the situation and help you?Cpl Glen Kirkland: It’s kind of a bad example. She kind of moved on when I was still overseas, so when I came back she was just there long enough to take my money.Ms. Christine Moore: I am sorry to hear that.