Due Process in the Time of #MeToo

PM Trudeau supports #MeToo – Until ‘Me, Too’

Initially, American President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau voiced different opinions about the #MeToo Movement:

Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused — life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?
– President Donald Trump –

As women speak up, it is our responsibility to listen, and more importantly, to believe. Sexual harassment in business and in government is a systemic problem and it is unacceptable.
– Prime Minister Trudeau, World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland –

Then, in April 2018, a story surfaced with allegations that Trudeau had groped a female reporter in the year 2000. Trudeau avoided responding to the story, but on Canada Day weekend 2018, he finally said, “I remember that day in Creston well… I don’t remember any negative interactions that day at all.”

Trudeau is said to have apologized to the journalist a day after the alleged groping. At the time, he was quoted as saying, “I’m sorry. If I had known you were reporting for a national paper I would never have been so forward.”

Trudeau was asked if there would be an investigation into the alleged incident (since he says his policy on sexual assault is zero tolerance). He responded: “I do not feel that I acted inappropriately in any way, but I respect the fact that someone else might have experienced that differently. Often a man experiences an interaction as being benign or not inappropriate and a woman, particularly in a professional context, can experience it differently. We have to respect that.”

Could it be possible that Canada’s Prime Minister  and the American President have arrived at the same conclusion in acknowledging the need for Due Process? Should a politicians past haunt them? If so, why and for how long?

 

4 thoughts on “Due Process in the Time of #MeToo

    • His star is not so bright anymore. It turns out being the son of a former Canadian Prime Minister, doesn’t mean you necessarily have the same skill set. His legacy may primarily be that marijuana was legalized in Canada.

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  1. I think the movement started out with good intentions. I do sometimes wonder if those intentions have run amok? I am not sure what happened to “innocent until proven guilty”. These days it seems like it has gotten a bit backwards from that.

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