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Charge dropped against aspiring Bloc Québécois candidate who confronted Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends Fête nationale festivities in his Papineau riding on Saturday, June 23, 2018.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends Fête nationale festivities in his Papineau riding on Saturday, June 23, 2018. Cora MacDonald/Global News

The Crown has withdrawn a charge of obstructing a peace officer against an aspiring Bloc Québécois candidate who confronted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a public event last summer.

Matthieu Brien had pleaded not guilty to the charge that stemmed from an altercation with Trudeau during celebrations of Quebec’s Fête nationale last June.

READ MORE: Protester who confronted Trudeau during Fête nationale festivities pleads not guilty to obstruction

The charge was dropped and Brien was acquitted by a judge today after agreeing to a condition not to communicate privately, either directly or indirectly, with Trudeau.

Brien confronted the prime minister as he was greeting citizens in a park in Trudeau’s Papineau riding and suggested the federal leader didn’t belong there on the Quebec holiday.

WATCH BELOW: Justin Trudeau in Montreal for Fête nationale festivities

Justin Trudeau in Montreal for Fête nationale festivities
Justin Trudeau in Montreal for Fête nationale festivities
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Trudeau’s security personnel removed Brien, and the charge resulted from his subsequent interaction with them.

Brien later announced he would seek the Bloc nomination to run against the prime minister in his Montreal riding. Brien lives in the riding and unsuccessfully sought the Bloc nomination there in 2015.

READ MORE: Justin Trudeau responds to protester at Fête nationale event in Montreal

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