Manitoba Liberals call for suspension of politicians accused of harassment

Manitoba’s Liberal Leader says politicians accused of sexual harassment or other inappropriate comments should face possible suspension from the legislature.Dougald Lamont’s comments came after a woman said she was groped and propositioned by Cliff Graydon, a legislature member who was kicked out of the governing Progressive Conservative caucus last month and now sits as an Independent.Story continues below

READ MORE: Emerson MLA removed from PC caucus over ‘inappropriate behaviour’There is virtually no way for an elected official to be removed or punished for bad behaviour, Lamont said Thursday. He said Manitoba’s conflict-of-interest commissioner should be given new power to investigate ethical matters and suspend MLAs without pay.“They wouldn’t be able to vote, they wouldn’t be able to go to committees and they wouldn’t be paid.”Graydon was booted from the Tory caucus after media reports that he had asked two female staff members to sit on his lap and invited one staffer to lick food off his face.WATCH: MLA Cliff Graydon denies being a sexual harasser