NDP M.P. Christine Moore and CBC Radio host Jian Gomeshi have one thing in common.
They both thought they could deflect blame in a sex scandal by admitting a sexual indiscretion before it was known publicly.
Both were wrong.
tried to get ahead of a newspaper investigation into allegations of
rough sex on his part. He published a blog post admitting to a
predeliction for S&M. The post contributed to his firing from the
In the wake of
the Gomeshi affair, Moore shifted the national debate on sexual
harassment to Parliament Hill as a cesspit of rapacious politicians and
staff preying on innocent young girls working in the political sphere.
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau championed her never-explained complaint
against Liberal M.P. Massimo Pacetti, she managed to go unnamed. But
eventually Moore could see the pressure growing for her to shed her
anonymity and go public with her allegations.
she went on a press tour this week, telling her story in interviews
with The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Huffington post, the
National Post, QMI, and CBC, on condition they didn't reveal her
identity. Everything went swimmingly as long as the national media
repeated her carefully crafted contention that she had sex with
Pascetti "without expicit consent."
everything went south with the disclosure that she was so reluctant to
have sex that night that she provided Pascetti with the condom he used
to do the dirty deed. Suddenly the meme of sexual harassment,
transmuted into the tawdry one-night-stand it always was. (Tawdry
because Pascetti is married, and Moore didn't care.)
Moore was fingered (no double entendre intended) by Frank magazine
three weeks ago, and everybody in the Parliamentary press gallery knows
she's the one behind the Pascetti complaint. So why keep her name a
secret? Given the fact that her secret complaint has ruined Pascetti's
career, his reputation, and likely his marriage, it's in the public
interest to know who she is and what she says happened.
didn't start out to destroy Pascetti. The story goes that she
pigeon-holed Trudeau after the funeral for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was
murdered Oct. 22 by a Muslim terrorist storming Parliament Hill. She
wanted to tell him in private about the harassment a colleague of hers
was getting from a Liberal M.P. (not Pacetti) and to get Trudeau's help
to stop it.
had a special reason for attending the funeral---she had served three
years in the army before being elected to Parliament.)
Moore showed her political naivete when she approached Trudeau. She
didn't understand that this wasn't the same as complaining to a teacher
about some spurned boy's clumsy attempts at winning back a girlfriend.
Politics is a blood sport. The penalty for imprudence is not
detention; it's summary execution.
asked the Liberal party whip to meet with the NDP party whip to get
more details about the alleged sexual harassment. It was during a
meeting of the whips with the women behind the harassment complaint,
that Moore chose to support her colleague by mentioning her own
seduction by another silver-tongued Liberal M.P. With that, she signed
Pascetti's political death warrant.
suspended Montreal MP Massimo Pacetti and Newfoundland MP Scott
Andrews from the Liberal caucus for "serious personal misconduct", but
without telling the public, or them, any of the allegations against
them. NDP leader Tom Mulcair revealed that the complaints against the
pair came from two of his members.
since no formal complaint had been filed either with the police or
Parliament, the accusers were not named, and the accused didn't know
exactly what they were accused of doing. The two men were in limbo.And
eventually press and pundits proclaimed that the situation was unfair,
that the men should either be reinstated or their alleged crimes be
specified by their accusers.
Moore, seeing the writing on the wall, tried controlling the growing storm with selected leaks.
told reporters she and Pascetti were members of a sports league and
after an event last March they were having drinks at a pub until 2 a.m.
when he invited her to his hotel room residence when attending
Parliament for a nightcap.
Vague enough for you?
that Moore is a proud sponsor of the Temiscaming Titans, members of
the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League, and Pacetti is a former hockey
coach, we're guessing it was a hockey game that brought them together.
the room, Pascetti put the moves on her, she said, but she resolved to
leave. Exactly when the condom came out, and on, isn't clear from the
stories written by friendly reporters.
side effect of Moore's press tour, was flushing out some details of
the complaint against Scott Andrews which precipitated the focus on the
Hill sex scandals.
story, as related by unnamed sources, is that the NDP member
(identified by Frank Magazine as Alexandrine Latendresse) was at some
"social event" on Parliament Hill where she met up with the Hill bad
boys, Andrews and Pacetti.
trio left the event to go to Pacetti's office where more wine swilling
occurred. Pacetti said nighty-night, and the Liberal and NDP members
were alone. There was a connection, or at least, one of them thought so.
story now fast-forwards to Latendresse's home. Andrews (yes, he's
married, too) followed her home, said the sources quoted in the
"forced his way through her door, pushed her against a wall, groped
her and ground his pelvis against her. She ordered him to leave. He
did. Afterwards, sources say the woman alleges that Andrews repeatedly
verbally harassed her, calling her a "cockteaser."
that this happened "within the past six months", its possible Trudeau
was told that the harassment had continued that long. The indication is
that Moore went to Trudeau to get him to tell Andrews to knock it off,
but without making a big deal about it.
no contention that the complaint against Andrews is payback for a
letter he wrote to the Speaker of the House in March, calling for an
investigation of possible violations of election spending rules by the
August, the Board of Internal Economy found that the NDP broke
election law when they used funding intended to cover only the salaries
of employees involved in duties related to the work of MP's in
Parliament to pay staff who did constituency or partisan work.
Labels: Christine Moore, Frank Magazine, Justin Trudeau, Massimo Pacetti, Parliament Hill, Scott Andrews