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Independent MHA Dale Kirby released a statement on Canada Newswire Wednesday responding to the harassment allegations against him.

Kirby has not commented and has been on leave from the House of Assembly ever since he was removed from the provincial cabinet and Liberal caucus on Monday.

“I would like to take this opportunity to address the allegations brought forward on April 30 concerning workplace harassment,” Kirby wrote. “As a publicly elected member, I take accusations of this nature very seriously and do not want them to distract from the good work being done by Premier Ball and the government. That is why, when I met with the Premier on May 1, I agreed to step away from caucus and will now sit as an independent while the investigation is underway. I will continue to serve my constituents in Mount Scio. 

“I commend the government on its quick action in addressing these allegations and fully support the initiation of an investigation through the Commissioner of Legislative Standards. While these allegations are not sexual or physical in nature, any assertion of workplace harassment should always be treated in a serious manner. I am confident in the process and that the right steps are being taken.

“I welcome the Commissioner’s review and intend to cooperate completely and transparently with the investigation team and look forward to resolving the issue. I am confident in the facts and that once the investigation is complete, my name will be completely cleared and I can continue my work for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

“While the investigation is underway, I will not be speaking to media out of respect for the integrity of the process.”

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