Ontario Progressive Conservative candidate Goldie Ghamari said Monday night that two years ago a sitting PC legislator harassed her and refused to apologize, with Goldie explaining her story would be published the next day.
Ghamari explained in her post on Twitter that the sitting Member of Provincial Parliament “harrassed me, intimidated me, [and] used his body to bully [and] scare me out of getting involved in politics.”
“I gave him an opportunity to apologize and recognize that his actions were wrong,” she wrote, typing that he made the choice to “deny it ever happened.”
Ghamari, a PC candidate for the provincial riding of Carleton, said her story “breaks tomorrow”, urging the harasser to “step forward, acknowledge their actions, and apologize for what they did to me.”
“When I complained about their [behavior], I was told this is ‘not surprising’ given this person’s history.”
The MPP in question appears to be Randy Hillier, who responded to Ghamari’s post on Twitter with a screenshot in response.
Mr. Hillier said that the pair “briefly exchanged pleasantries and small talk” before parting ways while at the PC Party convention in 2016.
The MPP said he never denied they met, but confirmed “there was never any physical contact nor do I recall any unkind words exchanged.”
A Twitter user claiming to be Hillier’s son corroborated his statement, questioning how “smoking and joking could be considered intimidation.”
Ghamari is a small business owner, international trade lawyer, and community volunteer among other roles, according to her campaign website.
She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1986 from Iran when she was one, but since gained a law degree and a honors bachelor in political science from the University of Toronto.
This comes after former Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown stepped down following allegations of sexual misconduct from two anonymous women in a CTV exclusive last week.
The party’s president stepped down Sunday due to accusations of mishandling money to pay legal fees in a scandal involving teenage girls.
Tweets from Ghamari
Image of Goldie Ghamari from her campaign website.