The premier's comments came in the wake of a double homicide in Sainte-Sophie, Quebec that left two women dead.
J'ai un message important aux hommes: La souffrance, ça ne va jamais être une excuse pour utiliser la violence. S… https://t.co/UOu4H2sZJZ— François Legault (@François Legault) 1614824537.0
"It doesn't make sense ... I [want] to talk to men, man to man. There's nothing masculine [or] virile to be violent with a woman," Legault said.
"On the contrary, I find that cowardly. It's time for men to band together [and] talk to our boys [and] our friends."
The premier said he hoped relief measures coming into effect on March 8 will improve the situation at the province's women's shelters.
"It doesn't make sense that in 2021 we live like barbarians," he said. "We're in a civilized society. All women and all our children have the right to a secure environment."
Double-homicide during curfew hours
Sergeant Jean-Raphaël Drolet of the Sûreté du Québec Ouest (SQ) told MTL Blog that, on March 1, an altercation broke out around 9 p.m. in a single-family home on Rue Samson in Sainte-Sophie, an hour north of Montreal.
Two women were critically injured on the scene and transported to a Montreal-area hospital, he said.
The 60-year-old woman, identified as Sylvie Bisson, died from her injuries on March 1. The 28-year-old woman, named Myriam Dallaire, died on March 2.
A 33-year-old male suspect collided with another vehicle on Rue Bélanger in Saint-Jérôme shortly after the SQ found both female victims.
Both drivers were transported to a hospital with serious injuries. However, the SQ told MTL Blog the injuries of both drivers are no longer considered life-threatening.
The SQ would not specify the nature of the relationship between the suspect and the women.