Kent Hehr, Canada's minister for sports and people with disabilities, is under investigation for sexual harassment after allegations came to light on social media.
The allegations date back to when Hehr served as a member of the Alberta legislature, when he is accused of making unwelcome sexual comments.
Alberta public servant Kristin Raworth posted a thread on Twitter on Wednesday night outlining the alleged behaviour.
She said that on her very first day at the Alberta legislature, she was told to avoid being in elevators with Hehr. "He would make comments. He would make you feel unsafe."
She said that once, while alone in an elevator with Hehr, he told her "you're yummy."
"He made verbally sexually suggestive comments to all of us."
She then called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take action and "get rid of him."
She also said six other women have confirmed similar experiences with Hehr.
BuzzFeed Canada has reached out to Raworth for comment.
Her tweets also inspired other women to share what they've heard about Hehr, including warnings about his behaviour.
In a statement, Hehr announced he has resigned from cabinet, saying he doesn't want to be a "distraction to all the good work being done by our government." He also said an investigation is under way.
"The conversation our society is having is a very important one. I encourage all women who have felt uncomfortable or who have experienced harassment of any kind to continue to come forward. It is never okay," he said.
"Throughout my career I have always tried to conduct myself with respect towards others, and I understand the most important thing is how each individual feels."
Trudeau, who was in Davos, Switzerland when the news broke, has accepted Hehr's resignation from cabinet "pending the outcome of the investigation."
“Obviously, as I’ve said many times throughout this week, it’s really important to believe and support any woman who comes forward with allegations of sexual harassment or sexual assault and that’s exactly what my government, myself, do,” he said, according to Global News.
“I don’t need to remind anyone of the positions I’ve taken since the very beginning of my leadership on issues surrounding this. I’ve been unequivocal of my support for women who step forward with allegations of this nature and that continues.”
The tweets came just after CTV published a report alleging sexual misconduct by Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown, who stepped down in the wake of the report. He kept his position as a member of provincial parliament.
This story has been updated with the news that Hehr has stepped down from his cabinet position.
Lauren Strapagiel is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.
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