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Statement by Senator Peter Harder on the Senate Ethics Officer’s Inquiry Concerning Senator Don Meredith

I accept the findings of the report issued Thursday by Senate Ethics Officer Lyse Ricard into the conduct of Senator Donald Meredith.

The behaviours described in the report are disturbing, unacceptable and have no place in Canadian society, and certainly not in the Senate of Canada. I am today calling on the Senate Standing Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest to meet as quickly as possible to deal with the matter, and make its recommendations for sanctions to the full Senate.

In the interim, I have written to Senator Meredith urging him to resign.

Finally, I want to express my sympathy and concern for the young woman who exhibited great courage in bringing this matter to the attention of Parliament and the public.