Sexual Assault: Jail for André Boisclair

Even though he admitted assaulting two men on Monday, former Parti Québécois leader André Boisclair will not escape jail as the parties in the case have agreed to recommend a fixed sentence of two years less a day.

“Prosecutors believe that only imprisonment sends the appropriate message of denunciation and deterrence. These are serious and important offenses which must be punished commensurately with their seriousness,” said Crown Prosecutor Mr.e Jerome Laflamme.


Former leader of the Parti Québécois, André Boisclair, pleaded guilty to two separate counts of sexual assault at the Montreal courthouse on Monday.

Photograph of the Journal de Montreal, Pierre-Paul Poulin

Former leader of the Parti Québécois, André Boisclair, pleaded guilty to two separate counts of sexual assault at the Montreal courthouse on Monday.

Former politician André Boisclair, 56, has pleaded guilty to two separate counts of sexual assault, one involving two other unidentified people, for events in January 2014 and November 2015.

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Hold on by force

He admitted to having held the first applicant, whose identity is protected by the court, in place by ordering a third party to enter against his will. He then took narcotics.

“I always wanted to work in politics. […] I have been totally disillusioned since my aggression by Mr Boisclair, a politician I admire. My aspirations of doing politics have turned into an aversion,” said the victim, who says she relives the trauma with every election.

“I had ideas and plans to take my own life,” he then added emotionally.

In the second file, Boisclair instead chose to use the “stoppedrepeated by his then 23-year-old victim, who had nevertheless informed him of his refusal to have relationships.

“My trauma exists and despite all the efforts I have made, that memory will not fade. The body remembers. I’m marked for life,” he read to the court.


Photograph of the Journal de Montreal, Pierre-Paul Poulin

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Common Proposal

Both parties asked Judge Pierre Labelle to ratify the joint proposal of two fewer years in prison per day, followed by two years of probation. A conditional stay of proceedings was granted for allegations of sexual assault with a weapon.

The defense attorney Mr.e Michel Massicotte told the court that his client sent letters of apology to the victims and also invested in therapy.

“He decided today not to speak in court. He thinks the gesture he makes [en plaidant coupable] speaks better than he can,” he said.

André Boisclair will return to court on July 18 when the judge announces whether he accepts the proposed verdict.

Reactions…

“To date, the wound has not healed. After being attacked, shame, misunderstanding and fear overcame me in my intimate life […] If I’m here today, it’s because others before me had the courage to name the unacceptable.

– The second plaintiff

“The proposal takes into account the significant impact the gestures had on victims. We heard it again today how sexual assault leaves an important mark.

-Me Jerome Laflamme, Prosecutor

“As soon as Mr. Boisclair met me, he let me know that he had no intention of increasing the suffering of the victims.”

-Me Michel Massicotte, defender

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