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Liberal MP accused of sexual assault not kicked out of caucus or having duties suspended

Liberal MP Francis Drouin rises in the House of Commons Friday April 22, 2016 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Adrian Wyld
Summary

Liberal MP Francis Drouin doesn't appear to be facing disciplinary measures from the party, as accusations investigated

A Liberal MP in Ontario is not being suspended or even having some of his duties revoked, after being accused of sexual assault over the weekend in Halifax.

Police are investigating the claims against MP Francis Drouin, after an incident at a bar early Saturday morning.

The Prime Minister’s Office isn’t commenting on the situation, but government whip Pablo Rodriguez gave a brief comment to reporters this morning, saying “Mr. Drouin is staying in caucus, keeping all his functions.”

It appears Drouin is not facing any disciplinary measures from his party, as the accusations are investigated.

Other MPs are steering clear of any specifics, but say they will let the process unfold.

Drouin released a statement, confirming an allegation has been made, but says no charges have been made and is fully cooperating with the investigation.

Meanwhile, sources tell the Canadian Press Drouin was accused of groping a woman’s backside at a bar, something he fully denies.

He was in Halifax for the Liberal Party convention and the incident came hours after members attended a workshop on the issue of harassment.