Originally posted on National Post | News:

LAVAL, Que. — A mayor’s 23-year reign running the city next to Montreal has drawn to a close.

Embroiled in a provincewide corruption scandal, the mayor of Laval, Que., has announced his resignation.

Gilles Vaillancourt, who since 1989 has run the suburb with little competition, says he doesn’t deserve to have his reputation tarnished but he says the damage is already done.

Vaillancourt, 72, has been on sick leave since Oct. 24.

Meanwhile, Quebec’s anti-corruption unit has closed in on Laval in recent weeks, raiding numerous engineering firms and businesses in addition to Vaillancourt’s own home, condo, offices and his bank safety-deposit boxes.

Vaillancourt’s name has also been mentioned in ongoing testimony before Quebec’s Charbonneau inquiry into corruption.

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Former construction boss Lino Zambito testified that Vaillancourt received a kickback on contracts handed out in Laval.

Vaillancourt has denied the allegations. He has also denied past allegations that he offered…

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