The Progressive Conservatives will not pursue a motion to expel Independent MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin from the legislature.
The MLA for Cumberland North had accused the PC caucus of signing a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) aimed at silencing a young staffer alleged to have been the victim of sexual harassment in 2017.
Premier Tim Houston told reporters on Wednesday the purpose of the motion was to correct the allegation made by Smith-McCrossin because no such NDA exists and the document she produced was not what she claimed.
Houston said the PC Caucus agreed to accept, as a form of retraction, an answer Smith-McCrossin gave journalists during a scrum late Tuesday.
Smith McCrossin, who employed Kaitlin Saxton after Saxton lost her job with the PC Caucus, admitted to reporters the document she found in her office after the employee died did not prove the PC Caucus had an NDA with the woman.
“The question is who then did create that non-disclosure agreement? It is unsigned. I do not have the answer,” Smith-McCrossin explained to reporters.
Despite having a majority, the PCs are dropping their threat to expel Smith-McCrossin after both opposition leaders voiced their concerns, saying such a move is intimidating and undemocratic.