Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Philippe Couillard Says Embattled Ex-Byelection Candidate Had to Step Down

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Philippe Couillard Says Embattled Ex-Byelection Candidate Had to Step Down

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Quebec Liberals expect to field new byelection candidate

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MONTREAL - Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says it was clear his party's candidate in an upcoming byelection had no choice but to step down.

Eric Tetrault withdrew from the race Wednesday night after Montreal La Presse wrote about the existence of a report for his former employer on the candidate's psychological harassment of employees.

No formal complaint was filed after the probe into Tetrault, but Couillard told reporters in Montreal there was no doubt he had to step down.

"Everyone -- including (Tetrault) himself -- came to the conclusion that his campaign, obviously, could not continue," Couillard said. "I do not think his campaign could have gone on for another day."

La Presse said the report commissioned by top brass at steel and mining company ArcelorMittal concluded Tetrault's behaviour toward women was uncalled for and that he would comment on their physical appearance.

It also said he intimidated other employees and was the reason three people took sick leave. …

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