Quebec mayor resigns in disgrace

AFP-JIJI

A Quebec mayor resigned Friday amid sex allegations, bringing to four the number of municipal leaders in the Canadian province to quit in disgrace in recent months.

Alexandre Duplessis, the interim mayor of Laval, announced he was stepping down after being accused of soliciting sex with a prostitute. Duplessis had been interim mayor of Quebec’s third-largest city since his predecessor stepped down in November under a cloud and six months later was charged with corruption.

The same month, the mayor of nearby Montreal also resigned over a scheme in which his party allegedly received kickbacks from government construction bids. His successor quit June 18 after being arrested and charged with fraud.

Citing police sources, public broadcaster CBC said Duplessis had invited a prostitute and her driver to his chalet June 14 but abruptly canceled the visit when one of the women recognized him. The women insisted on being paid, but he refused and on a few occasions rebuffed their attempts to collect the money. He denies the allegations, saying they are an extortion attempt.