Quebec anti-corruption squad says Gilles Vaillancourt, ex-Laval mayor, arrested
LAVAL, Qc - Quebec's anti-corruption squad says the former mayor of Laval, just north of Montreal, has been arrested.
Anne-Frederick Laurence, a spokeswoman for the anti-corruption unit, says Gilles Vaillancourt was arrested this morning as part of an operation by the squad, known as UPAC.
He was among a number of people who were picked up during the operation and more details are to be provided at a news conference later this morning.
Vaillancourt resigned as mayor last November under the cloud of the corruption scandal that has rocked Quebec.
He ran the city for 23 years and his critics had called him "The Monarch" but when he stepped down at the age of 72, Vaillancourt said he had few options.
Vaillancourt's name has also been mentioned in ongoing testimony before Quebec's corruption inquiry.