09 november 2012

Another Quebec Mayor Resigns


Gilles Vaillancourt announces his resignation as mayor of Laval, Quebec.
CP photo/Ryan Remiorz

Gilles Vaillancourt, known as the King of Laval, stepped down as Mayor of Laval today. It is the second resignation this week. Gerald Tremblay, former mayor of Montreal stepped down on Monday November 5th. Laval is a suburb of Montreal, the island and area just north of the island of Montreal.

Both men have been the subject of rumours of corruption for years. Now a public inquiry, known as the Charbonneau Commission, for the name of the president Justice France Charbonneau overseeing it, has heard allegations of widespread corruption involving city officials, construction contractors and organized crime.

Gilles Vaillancourt took a medical leave of absence on October 24th, the same day his safety deposit boxes were searched by investigators with Quebec’c anti-corruption squad, known by its French acronym UPAC. In his announcement today, Vaillancourt insisted on his innocence and said “I’ve only had one desire, to make Laval a success.” Vaillancourt was mayor for 23 years, in the last 10 years, his party was unopposed at City Hall.

Former mayor of Montreal, Gerald Tremblay, has insisted on his innocence also, but said he was making the sacrifice in resigning, for the good of the city. (CK)


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