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Laval mayor becomes second Quebec mayor to resign

Updated at: 11/11/2012 1:35 PM
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(AP) LAVAL, Quebec - The mayor of Quebec’s third-largest city is stepping down amid a corruption scandal that has already brought down the mayor of Montreal.

Gilles Vaillancourt said Friday he is stepping down after 23 years as mayor of Laval, a suburb of Montreal.

Late Monday, Montreal mayor Gerald Tremblay became the first elected official to resign as a public inquiry hears testimony detailing graft and ties to organized crime in the construction industry.

People living around Montreal have long assumed a fair bit of corruption existed in the city’s politics, but only now are they learning the extent of it.

A former construction boss testified Vaillancourt received a kickback on contracts. Vaillancourt denies the allegations but says the damage to his reputation has been done.

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