05/07/2016 11:22 EDT | Updated 05/07/2016 11:59 EDT

Kim Craitor, Ex-Ontario MPP, Was Asked To Resign In Over Sexual Harassment Complaints

OTTAWA — Premier Kathleen Wynne has named a former member of the Ontario legislature who she says was asked to resign in 2013 after workplace sexual harassment complaints were made against him.

Wynne says an investigation led by an external and independent third-party expert was launched, and after the results were received, she "determined that action indeed needed to be taken'' against then-Liberal MPP Kim Craitor.

Craitor resigned his Niagara Falls seat in September of that year, saying he needed to put his "health and family first.''

He was a municipal politician in Niagara Falls before entering provincial politics and has since returned to sit as a city councillor there.

kim craitor Kim Craitor was asked to resign from the Ontario legislature in 2013. (Photo: Facebook)

Messages left for Craitor at his office, on his cellphone and through email were not immediately returned, but he told the Niagara Falls Review that the allegations were "unfounded and unsubstantiated.''

The Review reported that in an email to the newspaper, Craitor said that he was told at the time that it was the party's job "to protect the premier'' and in order to do that, he needed to resign.

Wynne says she did not disclose the circumstances surrounding Craitor's departure at the time because it could identify the complainant, but she says now a woman has come forward and identified herself to media.

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