A Liberal candidate in Alberta is apologizing after the Conservative Party pointed out he made controversial comments about sexual assault.
John Reilly, a former judge and candidate in the Wildrose, Alta., riding, last week said there are different levels of sexual assault requiring different levels of punishment.
He apologized Thursday.
“I unreservedly apologize for the clumsy example I used during my remarks last week on the Rutherford Show. I deeply regret any distress they may have caused and any misunderstanding about my own — and my party’s — zero tolerance for sexual assault of any kind,” Reilly said in a statement.
“I want to make explicitly clear that I believe that all sexual assaults should be prosecuted and the guilty individuals should be subject to sanctions.”
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff called the remarks disgraceful and said Reilly will regret them the rest of his life, but said he will remain a Liberal candidate.
“This candidate has issued an unreserved apology for these remarks,” Ignatieff said.
“This is a court judge. He has served the community with a long record of distinguished public service … on that grounds he can continue as a candidate.”
Dear Older Men Who Are Unlikely To Experience Sexual Assault Yet Disturbingly Likely to Run For Office:
Victimization surveys have shown that 1 out of 10 sexual assaults go unreported. And even though surveys have kept the statistic the same? Police reported data indicates that the rate of reporting has decreased 36% between 1992 and 2003.
WHEN YOU SAY ‘CLUMSY’ THINGS LIKE THAT, YOU MAKE IT WORSE.