Trudeau's no tolerance for sexual harassment policy that was introduced in 2014 and immediately resulted in the expulsion of two MPs from the Liberal Party has 'evolved' over time, or to be more exact has become a double standard. In November 2014, Liberal MPs Massimo Pacetti and Scott Andrew were suspended for alleged workplace sexual misconduct and not allowed to run in the next election as Trudeau announced a no tolerance policy for harassment. (https://ottawacitizen.com/news/politics/two-liberal-mps-investigated-for...)
In April 2020, Liberal MP Marwan Tabbara was arrested for assault, break and enter and criminal harassment.
According to Wikipedia
On April 10, 2020, Tabbara was arrested by police in Guelph, Ontario on charges that included two counts of assault, one count of "break and enter and commit an indictable offence" and one count of criminal harassment. On June 5, 2020 it was reported that he is "stepping back from the Liberal caucus" but not resigning as an MP. Tabbara was jailed and bailed on Easter Friday 2020 but nobody (including Trudeau) knew about it until June because the police and judicial systems failed to release the information to the public. His bail hearing was done remotely by a Justice of the Peace 120km away from the jailhouse he occupied. Tabbara, who successfully hid the matter from his caucus until 5 June, now sits as an independent MP. Tabbara is scheduled to make a court appearance on June 19, 2020 in relation to the charges. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marwan_Tabbara)
However, we learned today that this is far from the full story. It turns the Liberal Party and Trudeau knew for five years about Tabbara engaging in other acts of sexual harassment that the party candidate review committee substantiated. This only came out because of anonymous sources within the Liberal Party, who wanted to not have their names revealed because of fear of reprisals from the party.
Member of Parliament Marwan Tabbara — who had a court hearing today on assault and criminal harassment charges — was approved to run for the Liberals in the 2019 federal election despite a party investigation into allegations of sexual harassment made against him during his last mandate, CBC News has learned.
The Liberals looked into detailed allegations of misconduct made against the Kitchener South-Hespeler MP that included inappropriate touching and unwelcome sexual comments directed at a female staffer, according to sources with knowledge of the allegations. The allegations date back to the 2015 election campaign, the source said.
The sources who spoke to CBC News requested anonymity, citing the risk of being blacklisted within Liberal circles and it negatively impacting their careers.
CBC News has confirmed the party's internal investigation determined that some of the allegations were substantiated, but has not been able to learn whether Tabbara faced any consequences.
Despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's zero-tolerance policy on sexual misconduct in the workplace, the party approved Tabbara as a Liberal candidate last year. The decision to clear Tabbara to run as a Liberal took the party's Greenlight Committee more than six months to make — an unusually long period of time for an incumbent, according to a government source with knowledge of the investigation.
Tabbara, the past chair of the Commons committee on international human rights, stepped away from the Liberal caucus two weeks ago but is still working as an MP. He left the caucus after CBC and Global reported on his arrest by Guelph Police on April 10 for a different incident. He has a scheduled court date in Guelph today for two counts of assault, one count of "break and enter and commit an indictable offence" and one count of criminal harassment.
Guelph police have defended their decision to not publicize the charges against Tabbara. Prime Minister Trudeau said he and his office only learned about the criminal charges the day the news stories aired on June 5.
The investigation of the allegations likely played a role in the long delay in approving Tabbara to run as a Liberal in the 2019 election. Applications for all potential candidates had to be submitted in October 2018 and Tabbara's wasn't completed until roughly six to eight months later, according to a government source. The process usually doesn't take that long, especially when it's an incumbent who already has been vetted in the past. The Greenlight Committee's work includes conducting police checks and credit checks, calling numerous references and speaking to people on Parliament Hill. The committee also combs through a potential candidate's social media accounts for red flags. ...
Trudeau was pressed for answers by reporters at a press conference today in Chelsea, Quebec. He said he is continually informed of investigations into allegations against members of his party — but he wouldn't say exactly when he was told about Tabbara's case, or why Tabbara was approved to run in the last election. "Whenever there are allegations against members of the Liberal Party, part of the process is for the leader to be informed," he said. "At the same time, the process that kicks in is a rigorous process that has been established to ensure that every single allegation or complaint around misconduct is appropriately dealt with, that there are conclusions and next steps and recommendations that are fulfilled." Trudeau said he couldn't comment on the case because it's confidential. "We take every single case extremely seriously," he said.