SAINT-REMI, Que. - A small-town Quebec mayor has been removed from office under a new law that allows a judge to suspend public officials who face criminal charges.
The law was passed in March in response to multiple corruption scandals that have dogged Quebec in recent years.
Michel Lavoie, the mayor of Saint-Remi on Montreal's south shore, was relieved of his duties Thursday morning by Quebec Superior Court.
Judge Jean-Francois Michaud ruled that Lavoie is "unable to perform any function relating to the office of mayor."
The politician was arrested last December by Quebec's permanent anti-corruption squad.
He's charged with fraud and breach of trust after police said contracts were given to Lavoie's relatives and business partners after zoning rules were changed and contracting regulations bypassed.
Similar scandals have dogged Montreal and suburban Laval, with both cities losing two mayors in the past 10 months amid corruption allegations.