April 17, 2018 10:09 am
Updated: April 17, 2018 5:56 pm

Quebec Liberal MNA withdraws from caucus after reports of sexual misconduct

WATCH: Quebec MNA Yves St-Denis has recused himself from the Liberal caucus to sit as an Independent after reports he sent a sexually explicit photo to a party employee. Global's Raquel Fletcher reports.


Yves St-Denis has recused himself from the Quebec Liberal caucus to sit as an independent after reports he sent a sexually explicit photo to a party employee.

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According to a report by Cogeco Nouvelles, St-Denis allegedly sent a sexual photo to the staff member in 2014, who complained to the party whip this year.

“Clearly, this is unacceptable. So, not only was she right [to come forward], I think everybody in that situation, not only are they right to do so, they are encouraged,” said Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette.

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Sources tell The Canadian Press that St-Denis was told he would be dumped at a caucus meeting Tuesday afternoon if he didn’t leave of his own accord.

“It’s not the type of behaviour we want our elected officials to have,” stated Premier Philippe Couillard.

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Cogeco Nouvelles also reported St-Denis is being investigated by Liberals after allegations by employees of psychological harassment and degrading and sexually charged remarks.

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The 54-year-old member for Argenteuil, in the Laurentians region, was elected to the National Assembly in 2014.

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His information has already been removed from the Liberal party’s website.

— with files from The Canadian Press.

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