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Ontario PC MPP Michael Harris removed from caucus over sexual misconduct allegation

Last Updated Apr 9, 2018 at 6:59 pm EDT

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Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris has been removed from the PC caucus.

The decision came after an allegation of sexual misconduct were brought forward by a former intern on April 6, a statement from caucus chair Lisa Thompson says.

According to the statement, text messages between the intern and Harris were reportedly of a sexual nature, discussed potential part-time employment, a request for her to send him photos, as well as an invitation to meet late in the evening.

The statement says Harris was asked about the issue and only denied that a formal complaint was ever made.

Harris released a statement on Twitter Monday afternoon apologizing for the “inappropriate texting conversation.”

The Tories say their nominations committee reviewed the evidence and unanimously decided to bar Harris from seeking re-election in his riding of Kitchener-Conestoga.

They say the party also decided to remove him from caucus effective immediately.

In Harris’ statement, he claims the issue was brought to the attention of the PC Party years ago.

The allegations come months after the Tories’ former leader, Patrick Brown, resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct, which he has consistently denied.

Harris’ wife Sarah announced Monday morning that she would seek the nomination in the riding.