What’s Current: Three Canadian politicians have resigned after sexual harassment and assault allegations

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  • Patrick Brown has resigned as Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader after two women came forward with accounts of him sexually assaulting them. Brown’s lawyer said that he “categorically denies these false and defamatory allegations.”
  • The leader of Nova Scotia’s Progressive Conservative Party, Jamie Baillie, has resigned after an investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed a female staffer.
  • Kent Hehr, a Liberal MP from Calgary, has resigned from Trudeau’s cabinet after allegations that he sexually harassed women in the Alberta legislature.
  • UK MP Maria Miller, who is Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee, has released the Transgender Equality Report. Stephanie Davies-Arai explains how it puts feminists in an impossible position.
  • Bulgaria’s ruling party has delayed a vote to ratify a European treaty designed to combat violence against women after religious and political groups said its provisions could promote moral decay.
  • France’s Interior Ministry says it has seen a sharp rise in the number of police complaints filed for rape and sexual assault in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
Lisa Steacy

Lisa Steacy is an Assistant Editor at Feminist Current. She has a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. However, the women she met in her five years as a frontline worker and collective member with Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter deserve almost all of the credit for her feminist education. She lives in Vancouver with her partner and their cats.