Second Quebec mayor resigns amid corruption allegations

Laval mayor Gilles Vaillancourt Gilles Vaillancourt speaks at a news confference announcing his...

Laval mayor Gilles Vaillancourt Gilles Vaillancourt speaks at a news confference announcing his resignation, November 9, 2012. (Jacques Pharand/QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:25 PM ET

The mayor of Quebec’s third-largest city resigned on Friday, amid corruption allegations and after several police raids of his home.

Since 2010, Laval mayor Gilles Vaillancourt has been the target of accusations of fraud, taking bribes and kickbacks as well as violating campaign finance rules. While he has yet to be charged with any criminal activity, provincial police in recent weeks have raided his home, Laval City Hall, and financial institutions.

Vaillancourt has consistently denied the allegations against him.

He has been the mayor of Laval since 1989, winning four consecutive elections. The city of Laval is part of Montreal’s metropolitan area, however it has its own mayor and council.

Vaillancourt is the second Quebec big-city mayor to resign in the past week.

Gerald Tremblay resigned as mayor of Montreal Monday night amid corruption allegations that surfaced from Quebec’s inquiry on corruption in the construction industry.

 


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