Former PQ leader Boisclair plans legal action over cocaine allegations

MONTREAL – Former Parti Quebecois leader Andre Boisclair says he will take legal action after an opposition politician raised the question of whether there could be a link between a government subsidy and his past use of cocaine.”

Boisclair says he has asked his lawyers to take the opposition Coalition party, its leader Francois Legault, and legislature member Jacques Duchesneau to court for damaging his reputation.

Boisclair asked to be temporarily relieved of his duties as Quebec’s official representative in New York City on Friday in order to fight what he called “petty and dishonest connections” made by Duchesneau.

Testimony at Quebec’s corruption inquiry alleged Boisclair authorized a $2.5-million subsidy in 2003 for a construction project involving a company that had ties to the Hells Angels.

He was a PQ minister at the time, just days before a provincial election won by the Liberals.

Duchesneau questioned last week whether Boisclair’s drug use could have influenced the awarding of the contract.

`In 2005, Mr. Boisclair himself admitted that he used cocaine while he was a (cabinet) minister. So the question is: with Mr. Sauve being associated with the Hells Angels, and a subsidy of $2.5 million being granted, did that influence his (Boisclair’s) decision? I don’t know,” Duchesneau said last week.

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