MP faces sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tion

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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.

Fran­cis Drouin

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