Ex-NHL enforcer Laraque putting political career on ice to fight fraud charges

MONTREAL – Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque says he is putting his political career with the federal Green party on hold so he can fight fraud charges against him.

Laraque told a news conference in Montreal this morning it is important for him to be able to clear his name.

Party Leader Elizabeth May called it a sad day but reiterated her support for Laraque.

Laraque announced Thursday he was stepping down as deputy leader and was withdrawing his candidacy for the party in a Montreal-area byelection.

Earlier this year, media reported police near Montreal raided Laracque’s home in search of documents related to the Super-Glide synthetic ice venture.

Laraque confirmed earlier this week the criminal charges are related to two transactions worth a total of $120,000. He said the accusations stem from a dispute with engineer Marc Filion, who co-founded the company with him in 2009.

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