Hundreds of people rally in Montreal against the judge who granted the release for sexual assault


Hundreds of people gather outside the Montreal courthouse on Sunday to denounce a light sentence handed down by a Quebec judge Matthew Poliquin about a man who pleaded guilty sexual assault and voyeurism.

The co-organizer of the demonstration, Alexandra Dupuy, says that the decision to grant a Conditional liberation in a sexual assault case shows how inadequate justice is to deal with such cases.

Poliquin of Trois-Rivières, Quebec, chose last week to donate Simon Houle probation and a parole, in part because a conviction would make it difficult for Houle to travel as an engineer.

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Poliquin said the 2019 assault happened “on the whole quickly,” adding that Houle, who pleaded guilty last year, took therapy seriously and sincerely regrets his actions.

“A sentence other than a discharge would have a significant impact on his career as an engineer,” the judge wrote. “It is in the public interest that the accused, an asset to society, can continue his professional career.”

People take part in a protest against a decision by Judge Matthieu Poliquin in the case against a man who pleaded guilty to sexual assault and voyeurism in Montreal, Sunday, July 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes



A woman takes part in a protest against a decision by Judge Matthieu Poliquin in the case against a man who pleaded guilty to sexual assault and voyeurism in Montreal, Sunday, July 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

A woman takes part in a protest against a decision by Judge Matthieu Poliquin in the case against a man who pleaded guilty to sexual assault and voyeurism in Montreal, Sunday, July 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes



Houle also admitted during therapy to assaulting another person in 2015, and Poliquin described that admission as concerning but said he also showed a “desire for transparency.”

Dupuy says that while most people criticize Poliquin, it is the legal process that should be questioned and revisited.

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Quebec’s Crown prosecutors’ office — the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP) — has announced that it will appeal the judge’s sentencing decision.

Justice Minister David Lametti declined to comment last week when asked by Global News if he thought there should be a review of how parole is used in cases of sexual assault.

“Our government is absolutely committed to ensuring that Canada’s criminal justice system shows compassion for victims, holds offenders to account, and respects the Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” said Lametti’s press secretary. , Chantalle Aubertin, in an email.

“As this matter is under appeal by the , it would be inappropriate to comment.”

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