Halifax police investigating alleged sexual assault involving Liberal MP
Halifax Regional Police (HRP) are investigating a sexual assault that reportedly involved an Ontario Liberal MP in Halifax to attend the National Liberal Convention.
The office of Liberal MP Francis Drouin, who represents the riding of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, confirmed to Global News that he is the subject of an allegation, though he did not say what the allegation was.
“I would like to address reports of an incident that took place this weekend in Halifax. 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,” Drouin said in a statement to Global News.
“While no charges have been laid against me. I’m cooperating fully with the investigation.”
Police say the incident reportedly occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The HRP’s sexual assault investigative team are leading the investigation into the incident that allegedly occurred after 2 a.m., in the 1700 block of Brunswick Street.
Drouin was in town to attend the National Liberal Convention and the alleged incident occurred only hours before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with many other high ranking liberal party members, attended a seminar on sexual violence prevention.
“As part of our victim-centred, trauma-informed approach to sexualized violence, we work closely with victims to ensure they’re willing to proceed with a police investigation, which includes giving a statement about the incident and providing a description of the suspect if possible,” police said in a press release.
“Police must also ensure the victim’s privacy is upheld and well-being is fully considered; sexual assault investigators have been taking these measures since first speaking with the victim.”
Investigators are asking anyone with information on the incident to contact police at 902-490-5020.