Former PQ leader Andre Boisclair sues Duchesneau, Legault, CAQ for $200,000 -

Former PQ leader Andre Boisclair sues Duchesneau, Legault, CAQ for $200,000


MONTREAL – Former Parti Quebecois leader Andre Boisclair is seeking $200,000 in damages after a member of the legislature said there could be a link between a government subsidy and Boisclair’s past cocaine use.

Boisclair has named the Coalition party, its leader Francois Legault and the member who made the comments, Jacques Duchesneau.

A former construction boss alleged at Quebec’s corruption inquiry in September that Boisclair authorized a $2.5-million subsidy in 2003 for a project involving a company, LM Sauve, that had ties to the Hells Angels.

That led Duchesneau to wonder aloud whether there was a possible connection between Boisclair’s past drug use and the granting of the subsidy just before a provincial election won by the Liberals. Boisclair was PQ municipal affairs minister at the time.

Boisclair is seeking $100,000 in moral damages and another $100,000 for the “unlawful and intentional” violation of his fundamental rights.

Boisclair became PQ leader in 2005 and admitted that year to having used cocaine while he was in cabinet. He left politics after losing the 2007 election and was named Quebec’s official representative in New York City last year.

He asked to be temporarily relieved of his diplomatic duties in order to fight the allegations.

Boisclair is also calling on the Coalition party to retract the comments in writing with an apology to be published in all media that mentioned or republished Duchesneau’s comments.

“The words and actions of the defendants and their collateral effects have caused and continue to cause significant damage to Mr. Boisclair,” the statement of claim reads.

Duchesneau, a former Montreal police chief and a government-appointed anti-collusion director in the province’s Transport Department, has not apologized.

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Former PQ leader Andre Boisclair sues Duchesneau, Legault, CAQ for $200,000

  1. Jacques Duscheneau is a fascinating case of a genuine whistleblower who becomes addicted to the attention, and is now at the point of inventing whistles to blow. He’s become more of a media-wh*re and sadly less credible with every new wild allegation.

    • I disagree. I think it is pretty fishy that Boisclair was issuing contracts and gallivanting with corrupt individuals. It does not take a genius to see the links between the PQ in those years, the FTQ, and the Hells. It was fairly well known in the city of Montreal how mobbed up that union got, and Boisclar still kept cosy to them. In came out just last week how Boisclair was still calling on favours from the FTQ during the 2007 elections (at a time when this union was solidly infiltrated by the mafia and bikers).

      Need I remind you that the Charbonneau commission had brought up the PQ as much as it has the PLQ.