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Quebec Liberals eject Marie Montpetit from caucus over harassment allegations

MNA Marie Montpetit has been ejected from the provincial Liberal caucus after a formal complaint about harassment and intimidation was filed by a former staffer.

Former staffer filed formal complaint about harassment, intimidation by MNA

MNA Marie Montpetit has been ejected from the Quebec Liberal caucus. (Radio-Canada)

A Quebec Liberal member of the National Assembly has been expelled from the party's caucus after a formal complaint of workplace harassment.

Marie Montpetit was ejected Monday and will sit as an Independent.

The expulsion comes as Dominique Anglade faces a major internal crisis after 17 months as the Liberal leader and just weeks before an important party meeting.

Anglade says the party has zero tolerance for any form of bullying and her leadership will be based on mutual respect.

Harassment and intimidation rumours involving Montpetit had persisted for months but the first formal complaint was filed recently by a former political staffer.

Montpetit has denied the allegations, releasing a statement that said she has always placed "mutual respect'' at the heart of her workplace relationships and she hopes a formal investigation is triggered quickly to set the record straight.

The case will be investigated by the legislature with an independent firm assigned to analyze the complaint.

Montpetit, a former cabinet minister, was first elected in 2014 to represent the Montreal riding of Maurice-Richard.

On Saturday, Montpetit and Gaétan Barrette, a former health minister, were removed from their respective roles as official critics for health and Treasury Board after they got into a public spat over Twitter posts by Barrette.

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