On Sunday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has to face some uncomfortable question while snapping selfies with the steelworkers for Canada Day.
Trudeau, 46, was asked in Regina in South Canada at an event for steel and aluminium workers, to address the allegations that he was groped by some young woman at a music festival 18 years ago in British Columbia.
The self-described feminist who states that he has no tolerance for the sexual harassment and said that he doesn’t even recall anything like that.
He nodded and smiled by saying, "I remember that day in Creston well. It was an Avalanche Foundation event to support avalanche safety. I had a good day that day. I don't remember any negative interactions that day at all,"
The allegations first appeared in a community paper known as Creston Valley Advance in the year 2000. It was claimed by the unsigned editorial that Trudeau who was a 28-years-old teacher at that time groped a young female advance reporter that was that time covering the Kokanee Summit Festival in Creston British Columbia.
The Annual festival was entirely based on raising the funds for the Avalanche Foundations where Trudeau family will be very active after the Prime minister’s brother Michel Trudeau died in the avalanche in Kokanee. However, there was no proper detail in the Creston editorial about the groping incident. The reported didn’t forget to mention that it was a blatantly disrespected move. And even Trudeau apologize a day later for inappropriately handling her. However, the response was muted at that time by the former publisher of the paper.
The name of the reporter is still not known and she is no longer a journalist as per the reports.
The Advance’s publisher said, "My recollections of the conversation were that she came to me because she was unsettled by it," "She wasn't sure how she should proceed with it because of course, we're talking somebody who was known to the Canadian community."
The PM said in many interviews while discussing sexual harassment, "I've been very, very careful all my life to be thoughtful, to be respectful of people's space and people's head space as well," "This is something that I'm not new to. I've been working on issues around sexual assault for over 25 years."
"As the PM has said before, he has always been very careful to treat everyone with respect. He remembers being in Creston for the Avalanche Foundation, but doesn't think he had any negative interactions there." Said Matt Pascuzzo, spokesperson for PM office.