Prime minister Justin Trudeau noted that he feels deeply disappointed with the Canadiens for grabbing Logan Mailloux who was recently charged and fine for sharing explicit content in Sweden without the consent of the person in the images.
Mailloux, aged 18, who hails from Ontario’s Belle River had been loaned from the London Knights towards the end of 2020 when this incident was reported.
A number of Canadiens sponsors, including Pharmacy chain Jean Coutu, and Desjardins Group said they are reviewing their partnership with the team after they signed Mailloux.
The choice of Mailloux has also come under criticism by Quebec’s Minister for Status of Women, Isabelle Charest, and a group that advocates for the rights of women involved in sexual violence.
Charest, who also serves as Quebec’s deputy education minister of sports, stated on Saturday that the decision caught her by surprise and is equally disappointed that the team drafted Logan Mailloux, despite knowing his conduct and conviction.
Prime Minister Trudeau noted that this decision spoke of a lack of judgement on the part of the team’s management.