PMO confirms senior Trudeau staffer facing ‘independent investigation’ for unspecified allegations

Claude-Eric Gagné, the PMO’s deputy director of operations, said in a statement he challenges the ‘veracity’ of the allegations and offered complete co-operation

An official in Justin Trudeau’s office is being investigated over unspecified allegations, the Prime Minister’s Office and the official confirmed late Wednesday.

The Prime Minister’s Office is not identifying the official or the nature of the allegations.

However the staffer, Claude-Eric Gagné, the PMO’s deputy director of operations, issued a statement Wednesday night that he is on leave because of an “independent investigation regarding allegations” that have come to the PMO’s attention.

“I am taking this situation seriously and I have offered my full and complete co-operation to the investigator who gave me the opportunity to expose my version of the facts to these allegations which I challenge the veracity,” Gagné said in an emailed statement.

“I hope that the process will succeed as soon as possible.”

Gagné says he won’t comment any further to avoid undermining the process he has agreed to participate in.

Trudeau’s director of communications, Kate Purchase, says any allegation brought to the PMO is taken extremely seriously.

“In this case, an investigation was immediately triggered with the assistance of an independent investigator and the individual in question went on leave, pending the outcome.”

Purchase said the PMO would not comment further to protect the integrity of the process.

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