Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Drouin says an allegation of sexual assault against him is a case of mistaken identity.
Mr. Drouin has said he is cooperating with a police investigation into an incident that occurred last Saturday morning in Halifax, where he was attending the Liberal party's national convention.
In a statement issued on Twitter, Mr. Drouin relates that at 2 a.m. April 21 he joined friends at a bar.
"While I was standing facing the bar, with my credit card in hand, I heard what I believed to be a woman's voice coming from another area of the establishment behind me, yelling that her buttocks had been grabbed. Her comments were clearly not directed towards me. I turned away from the bar, and shouted 'get that man out of here' to draw attention to the alleged incident. I turned back to the bar and paid for the drinks with my credit card."
He then went to another area of the establishment.
"Several minutes later, while standing with a group of people, I was approached by a woman with a cellphone in hand, who mistakenly attempted to connect me with the alleged incident. We told her that she was mistaken."
He said he and his friends left the bar shortly afterwards. He later notified the Prime Minister's Office and the party Whip of the alleged incident.
Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Drouin faces an allegation of sexual assault following an incident that allegedly took place early Saturday at the Liberal party convention in Halifax.
The 34-year-old MP said in a statement: "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."
Mr. Drouin said he will cooperate with the investigation.
No charges have been laid.
The incidence of violence against women in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry continues to fluctuate yet it remains below the national average, according to Statistics Canada.
The national average of police-reported violence against women was 1,113.9 cases per every 100,000 people in 2015.
In SD&G, the rate was 607 cases per 100,000 in 2015. That average was also below the averages for other districts. In Hawkesbury, for example, the rate was 1,936 cases, in the Laurentians, it was 1,024 and in Russell County, it was 1,030 cases per 100,000.
This data was originally published in Discourse Media.
A 30-year-old South Glengarry man faces several charges after a Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment investigation into a report of incidents at a residence on County Road 34, South Glengarry.
The investigation found that between now and 2014 a man had assaulted, sexually assaulted and threatened his common-law spouse. Upon his arrest, officers seized a quantity of methamphetamine.
The man is charged with two counts of sexual assault, five counts of spousal assault, three counts of voyeurism where he recorded the victim without her knowledge, uttering threats, publication of an intimate image without consent, possession of a controlled substance and failing to comply with recognizance.
His name is being withheld in order to protect the identity of the victim.
Two men have been charged with sexually assaulting two boys between 1992 and 1995 in Alexandria. A 56-year-old North Glengarry man faces four counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference while a 41-year-old Cornwall man has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and uttering threats.
They were arrested by Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police officers after investigating reports that several sexual assaults at residences in Alexandria.
Both were released and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Alexandria March 8.
The names of the accused persons are being withheld in order to protect the identity of the victims.
A 51-year-old man has been charged with two counts of assault after allegedly attacking his spouse and a child with a cell phone Thursday. Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police officers arrested the man when they responded to a domestic dispute at a residence on Robertson Road, South Glengarry Township. The accused, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of his victims, is to appear in court in Cornwall December 13.
A 14-year-old Glen Robertson youth faces eight charges – including two counts each of assault and assaulting police – following a recent incident at a Cornwall high school. The suspect was arrested on November 10 after he allegedly choked a female staff member and grabbed a male staff member and tried to assault him with an office stapler.
He also threatened to blow up the school. When police arrived to apprehend the suspect, he allegedly resisted arrest by biting, kicking and spitting at the attending officers. He was later released and is scheduled to appear in court on December 8.
A 45-year-old North Glengarry woman has been charged with assault after Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police officers responded to a report of a February 1 domestic dispute at a residence on County Road 23, North Glengarry. During an altercation with her ex-spouse, the woman assaulted the man, police say.
She was released and scheduled to appear in Cornwall court February 23.
A 68-year-old North Glengarry man has been charged with arson and assault after Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment officers responded to a complaint about threats being made at a Breadalbane Road residence August 18.
Details in the August 26 edition of The Glengarry News.