Que­bec MNA cleared of sex as­sault not wel­come in cau­cus: Couil­lard

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

QUE­BEC — Que­bec Pre­mier Philippe Couil­lard is re­fus­ing to al­low a mem­ber of the leg­is­la­ture re­cently cleared of sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions back in the Lib­eral cau­cus. Gerry Sklavounos re­turned to work Tues­day for the first time since he was re­moved from cau­cus in Oc­to­ber af­ter a woman ac­cused him of as­sault­ing her twice in 2014. The Crown ear­lier this month con­cluded no crime had taken place and Sklavounos would not be charged. Couil­lard says Sklavounos’ pub­lic state­ment af­ter his re­turn to the leg­is­la­ture didn’t meet his ex­pec­ta­tions. The pre­mier adds there are still al­le­ga­tions of in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour in­volv­ing Sklavounos that have not been cleared up. Sklavounos main­tains his in­no­cence and promised last week to be more care­ful about what he called his spon­ta­neous and pas­sion­ate be­hav­iour.

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