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Ignatieff stands by candidate who made ‘disgraceful’ sexual assault comments

John Reilly apologizes and will remain a Liberal candidate

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Liberal candidate and former provincial judge John Reilly will remain a candidate despite making “unacceptable” and “disgraceful” comments about sexual assault and women in a recent radio interview. Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff has said that he accepted Reilly’s apology. Said Ignatieff, “He made one remark he’s going to regret for the rest of his life, he’s made an unreserved apology, I’ve accepted it, and on those grounds he can continue as a candidate, basically because we’re looking at a man’s life.” The comments in question occurred in a radio show interview where Reilly made the comment: “Well, you know, there are sexual assaults and there are sexual assaults.” Reilly is running for election in the Wildrose riding in Alberta.

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