NDP candidate in Montreal steps down, denies domestic abuse claim

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MONTREAL — An NDP candidate has stepped down in a southwestern Montreal riding after allegations of domestic violence surfaced on social media.

Olivier Mathieu announced late Wednesday that he would no longer be candidate in the riding of Lasalle-Emard-Verdun so as not to distract from the party’s campaign.

Earlier Wednesday, CBC reported that Mathieu’s former partner had levelled allegations against Mathieu on social media.

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Mathieu called the allegations false and said he’s determined to return to the party, but he won’t run in 2019.

The ex-candidate says he’ll work to clear his reputation in the coming weeks and says he has confidence in NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and his team.

A replacement has not been named in the riding, won by the Liberals in 2015.

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“If we had not been in an election campaign, I would have worked to set the record straight and clear my reputation while continuing my work with the party,” Mathieu wrote.

The Canadian Press

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