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Saskatchewan MP Erin Weir booted from NDP caucus not running in federal election

Regina-Lewvan MP Erin Weir in 2015.
Regina-Lewvan MP Erin Weir in 2015.

Regina-Lewvan MP Erin Weir will not be running in this year's federal election following his ousting from the NDP caucus over harassment allegations.

Regina-Lewvan MP Erin Weir will not be running in this year’s federal election following his ousting from the NDP caucus over harassment allegations.

Weir made the announcement in a post on his website Monday morning, claiming “local NDP activists” had invited him to run for another party or as an independent, but he felt doing so would conflict with his commitment to being a lifelong New Democrat.

“My candidacy under another banner this year would not help to maintain progressive representation for Regina in Ottawa. Because the federal leader continues to veto my candidacy for the NDP, I will not run in the upcoming federal election,” said Weir.

Weir was expelled from the party’s caucus last year by NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh following an investigation that found one claim of harassment and three claims of sexual harassment against him. Singh also barred Weir from running under the federal party banner in any election.

Singh said at the time he was not confident the Saskatchewan MP wouldn’t repeat the harassing behaviour that originally got him kicked out of the NDP caucus. Singh rejected the MP’s request to be readmitted to the NDP caucus, and said he wouldn’t approve Weir’s candidacy for the 2019 election.

Weir won his seat in 2015, defeating Conservative candidate Trent Fraser by 132 votes.

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