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  Montreal NDP candidate steps down, denying allegations of domestic abuse
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Sep 11, 2019 10:06pm
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AuthorKate McKenna and Laura Marchand
News DateThursday, September 12, 2019 02:55:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionA Montreal NDP candidate has resigned after being accused of domestic abuse against his former spouse on social media.

Olivier Mathieu was the nominee for the LaSalle-Émard-Verdun riding in the southwest of Montreal.

On Wednesday, he posted a statement on the riding's Facebook page, denying any wrongdoing.

"It is with a very, very heavy heart that I must announce my withdrawal," Mathieu wrote. "This morning, a person made serious accusations against me on social networks."

"What has been said about me is false, and I intend to prove it. But in the current context, it is important to me, first and foremost, that the energies of the NDP are entirely dedicated to presenting our platform."

"In the coming weeks, months, I will take the necessary steps to clear my reputation of any suspicion."
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