A “surprising and emotional” revelation by former NDP press secretary, Ian Capstick, on Wednesday revealed that he was allegedly sexually harassed by male MPs years ago as a young staffer on Parliament Hill. The revelations were made by now MediaStyle president, Capstick, during a panel discussion about two Liberal MPs who had been suspended from caucus earlier in the day over allegations of personal misconduct.
In his remarks, Capstick alleged that “I have been both sexually touched and harassed on Parliament Hill during my time as a political staffer by male members of Parliament,” adding that “at the time did I think it was awful? Yes. Did I laugh it off with friends of mine in a kind of machismo way and maybe even suggest to others that, ‘Gee I hope you’re not next.’ I most certainly did. Why did I do that at the time? Because I felt powerless.”