OTTAWA — The office of Hunter Tootoo says the Independent MP and former Liberal caucus member will “absolutely not” resign his House of Commons seat.
The Nunavut MP, who quit the Liberal cabinet and caucus on May 31, also plans to embark on a tour of his riding later this month to reach out to constituents.
Tootoo admitted Wednesday to having been involved in a “consensual but inappropriate” workplace relationship prior to leaving the Liberals.
The Prime Minister’s Office says Tootoo told Justin Trudeau directly about the relationship before the MP embarked on a two-month leave of absence to seek help for an alcohol addiction.
In June, Trudeau issued a terse statement that said Tootoo’s decision was his and his alone following “a very difficult situation.”
Some in the northern region, including Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern, say Tootoo has been under mounting pressure to surrender his Commons seat.