OTTAWA – The Senate ethics officer is being asked to look into allegations that Sen. Don Meredith was having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl.
Sen. Claude Carignan, government leader in the upper chamber, says he is deeply concerned by the serious nature of the allegations and has referred the matter to the ethics officer.
The controversial senator was booted from the Conservative caucus Wednesday night after the Toronto Star posted a report online saying that a woman claims to have had a sexual relationship with Meredith that began shortly after she turned 16.
Liberal Sen. Jim Munson says he was at a loss for words after reading the report.
The Star report said the woman, who is now 18, had sexually explicit online chats with Meredith and that the relationship progressed to kissing and touching before she turned 18.
The story says the pair had intercourse twice after she turned 18 before Meredith broke off the relationship earlier this year.