Amid harassment claims, Quebec Liberals support candidate Eric Tetrault in byelection

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, Quebec Employment and Social Solidarity Minister François Blais, left, and Eric Tetrault, candidate for a by-election in the Louis-Hébert riding, Tuesday, August 15, 2017 in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

The Quebec Liberals are rallying behind their candidate in a Quebec City byelection amid claims he psychologically harassed employees of a company where he previously worked.

Eric Tetrault is the Liberal hopeful in Louis-Hebert, a riding long held by the party and one it hopes to keep in the Oct. 2 vote.

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Montreal La Presse reported Wednesday that Tetrault was the subject of a psychological harassment complaint while serving as director of public affairs for ArcelorMittal, a steel and mining company.

Tetrault acknowledged the contents of the report but told some Quebec City media that no formal complaint was filed following the probe.

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Several Liberal cabinet ministers came to Tetrault’s defence and he says he hopes to remain the party’s candidate.

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Tetrault says he has the support of Premier Phillipe Couillard and discussed the matter with him Tuesday night.

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