MNA Gerry Sklavounos won't admit to wrongdoing: report
Gerry Sklavounos will take his first steps towards a possible return to the National Assembly today, but will his words be enough to satisfy the Premier, his National Assembly colleagues and public opinion?
The Montreal MNA has been on sick leave since being the subject of sexual assault allegations last October.
Since, the Quebec office of the Director of Penal and Criminal Prosecutions found no criminal act had been committed during the incident, and therefore no charges would be filed.
Not long after a young Quebec City woman came forward with the allegations, the anonymous testimony of former employees of the National Assembly were published in the media. The reports spoke of repeated sexual remarks and inappropriate behaviour towards women.
Sklavounos will speak publicly, for the first time since the allegations, from his riding office in Laurier-Dorion, with his wife and supporters by his side.
According to Radio-Canada the MNA's statement will not include a mea culpa, instead he will apologize if anyone misinterpreted his intentions and if anyone was offended by his actions.
Premier Philippe Couillard has said before he would ever consider a possible return for Sklavousnos he would first need to make a public statement on the place of women in the workplace and society.
Opposition members have publicly stated they do not want, or think Sklavounos should be allowed to return to work.
Quebec Solidaire MNA Manon Massé said she believes the Laurier-Dorion representative has lost the confidence of women, comparing the case to former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi.
Parti Québécois leader Jean-François Lisée said this week that a return to the Liberal party is not right.
"Is he fit to be a representative of the population in the caucus of an important party? My answer to that is no. He failed that test," Lisée said.