MP faces sexual assault allegation
Francis Drouin, the MP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, says he cooperating with a Halifax police investigation into allegations he sexually assaulted a woman at a Liberal party convention Saturday.
“I would like to address reports of an incident that took place this weekend in Halifax,” the 34-year-old MP said in a statement issued April 22. “I can confirm that an allegation has been made. I believe it is important for individuals to have a safe environment to come forward, share their stories, and be supported. While no charges have been laid against me, I am cooperating fully with the investigation.”
Mr. Drouin has not made any further public comments on the incident, which allegedly occurred at 2 a.m. Saturday at a bar near the convention site.
However, media reports have said that he told people attending the convention that a woman had falsely accused him of grabbing her backside at a bar.
Mr. Drouin still remains a member of the Liberal caucus.
Ironically, the alleged incident occurred only a few hours before the party held a session on harassment, entitled “From #MeToo to never again: creating safe work environments.”
Mr. Drouin has been considered to be a rising star in the party, ranking as the most-lobbied backbencher on Parliament Hill.
He has represented Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, which includes North Glengarry, since 2015, when he defeated long-time Conservative MP Pierre Lemieux.