Days after telling the media that two Liberal MPPs were the subject of sexual harassment complaints, Premier Kathleen Wynne outed one of them as Kim Craitor, Friday afternoon.
Wynne said that Craitor, who previously served as the Liberal MPP for Niagara Falls, was asked to resign in 2013 after the allegations were made known to the party.
According to the premier, an investigation was led by an external and independent third party expert, after which she “determined that action, indeed, deeded to be taken.”
Craitor resigned in September of 2013, saying that he was putting “health and family first,” and citing a lack of energy for the job.
After Friday’s disclosure by Wynne, Craitor told the Niagara Falls Review that the allegations were “unfounded and unsubstantiated” and that his resignation was required, according to party officials “to protect the premier.”
Craitor also told the newspaper that the Ontario Liberal Party paid the complainants to keep quiet.
“I do know that the party paid them to keep the allegations quiet, and had them sign a non-disclosure agreement not to talk,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.
The matter was dealt with internally, and police were never involved, according to Craitor.
A spokesperson for the premier said that Craitor’s comments in the Niagara Falls Review are untrue.
“It is false to state the party paid any complainants to stay quiet,” a statement from the spokesperson said. “We have been clear that it is our responsibility to respect issues of confidentiality in order to create an environment where people feel safe to come forward. Where a complainant suggests that a confidentiality agreement be part of a resolution, we of course agree to that.
“If the circumstances of a complaint are such that the employee reasonably does not want to continue in the employment, then any severance arrangement will reflect those circumstances, as well as any other relevant factors.”
Earlier in the week, Wynne said that she wouldn’t detail the allegations for privacy reasons, but changed her position after one of the alleged victims made herself known to the media.