MONTREAL - The chief of staff for a mayoral candidate in Laval, Que., resigned on Friday after police sources told QMI Agency he may have lied about being beat up by thugs.
Reny Gagnon, head organizer for Claire Le Bel, who is running for mayor of Quebec's third most-populated city, said he has become a distraction to the campaign.
Le Bel told reporters on Monday that the former mayor of Laval, Gilles Vaillancourt, who is awaiting trial on fraud and corruption charges, offered in August to help with her election campaign.
She allegedly secretly recorded the August conversation between herself and Vaillancourt, who resigned as mayor of Laval in November 2012.
Hours later, her chief of staff said that he had been assaulted late Monday night on a highway in Montreal.
However, QMI Agency has learned that police doubt Gagnon's story and are considering charging him with making a false declaration.
Gagnon maintains that he was assaulted.
The Laval municipal election is Nov. 3.