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Massimo Pacetti, Scott Andrews out of Liberal caucus for good, sources say

03/18/2015 05:14 EDT | Updated 05/18/2015 05:59 EDT
The two Liberal MPs suspended from caucus last fall over allegations of harassment lodged by two New Democrat MPs are out for good, party sources confirmed to CBC News on Wednesday. 

The investigation into the claims has also reportedly revealed two more possible victims.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau made the decision to permanently expel Newfoundland and Labrador MP Scott Andrews and Montreal MP Massimo Pacetti after getting the results of an independent investigation he ordered into complaints levelled against them.

Toronto lawyer Cynthia Petersen, a human rights specialist who has investigated sexual harassment complaints in the private sector, gave Trudeau her report on Pacetti and Andrews last week.

Peterson was hired by the party in December after a failed attempt by Trudeau to win all-party support for creating an independent process to investigate the complaints.

At the moment, the Liberal Party has no plans to make the report public.

In a statement issued on Wednesday morning, Andrews said he's "astounded" by reports that his suspension from the Liberal caucus will soon become permanent.

He said that despite a pledge from the party to provide an advance copy of the executive summary before it would be "discussed publicly," he's heard nothing since last week.  

Andrews hasn't seen report

"I have been waiting since last Friday and I am still not privy to Cynthia Petersen’s report," he said in a written statement on Wednesday. 

"I have had no communication with Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau, or the Liberal Party of Canada, regarding the report."

The statement goes on to say that Andrews has "participated and co-operated fully" with the process, and is "disappointed to learn that unscrupulous unnamed sources have chosen to communicate through the media rather than respect the process and those affected by it."

It notes that Andrews hopes to discuss the report with his lawyers before making any further comment, but says that he will "issue a formal reaction and make himself available to the media to answer questions over the next few days."

Andrews, Pacetti suspended last fall

Trudeau suspended the pair of MPs last November from the Liberal caucus and from seeking re-election under the party's banner after a female New Democrat complained directly to him that Pacetti had allegedly had sex with her without her explicit consent.

The New Democrat also revealed to Trudeau that another female NDP MP had allegedly been sexually harassed by Andrews.

Both Pacetti and Andrews have maintained they did nothing wrong.

Liberal sources said only one of the two NDP MPs co-operated with the investigation.

Neither of the women have been named publicly.

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