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"I've been reflecting very carefully on what I remember from that incident nearly 20 years ago", he added.

Trudeau was in town to support an avalanche safety fundraiser, having lost his brother Michel in a 1998 avalanche on Kokanee Glacier.

The allegations were made in an unsigned editorial published by the Creston Valley Advance, a B.C. community newspaper, on August 14, 2000.

"I'm sorry", Trudeau allegedly said at the time, according to the same editorial. The editorial said Trudeau had "apologized - a day late - for inappropriately "handling" the reporter while she was on assignment". Trudeau, a champion of the #MeToo movement, penned an essay in 2017 urging parents to raise their boys as feminists. Its contents were republished by an Ottawa magazine, the Post reported. Breitbart, the far-right website, then picked up the editorial. Without offering details of what occurred, the editorial stated that the woman felt "blatantly disrespected" by the future PM. "Mr. Trudeau did apologize the next day", she continues.

"I enjoyed my career as a reporter, but it ended a long time ago", she said in the statement.

It further stated that Trudeau had apologised after the incident.

"I do not feel that I acted inappropriately in any way, but I respect the fact that someone else might have experienced that differently", Trudeau told reporters at Queen's Park in Toronto after meeting with new Ontario Premier Doug Ford Thursday.

In a statement just released to the CBC, Knight said that she was revealing her identity in response to media pressure, but would not be sharing any further statements.

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Knight said she has never had contact with Trudeau again.

He added, "I'll be blunt about it".

However, the Prime Minister emphasised his understanding that women and men can experience situations differently.

Trudeau said Friday, "I think there is an awakening going on right now and I think it's a good thing but it also requires all of us to be having hard conversations, difficult reflections and model the kind of responsibilities and reflections that we have to have moving forward".

Brian Bell, the editor of the paper at the time, believed the reporter, he told CBC News.

The Prime Minister on Thursday said that he did apologize at the time. He's basically saying that two people can have a different reaction to the same event.

Trudeau first commented personally on the allegation on Sunday and has been asked questions about it throughout the week. In 2015, he named an equal number of male and female members in his cabinet.

The 43-year-old leader unveiled a federal "gender equity" budget in February to reduce the pay gap between men and women. And he took action against male members of parliament when female counterparts accused them of inappropriate behavior.


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