Vaillancourt, the former Laval mayor who stepped down amid a Quebec corruption investigation last year, was arrested Thursday morning in a massive sweep in the Montreal-area city.
According to CBC News, Vaillancourt was among 30 people picked up on allegations related to corruption and collusion – the focus of an ongoing Quebec corruption commission.
Vaillancourt said when he stepped down in November that he had been unfairly painted by corruption allegations and would be retiring from politics.
“We’re facing allegations that, even without proof, are altering the reputations of those in whom you have placed your trust,” he said in November, according to CBC News. "I am one of these people, and I have been deeply hurt. Regardless of what I do or say, it is clear that the damage hasRead More »from Retirement will have to wait for arrested ex-Laval mayor Gilles Vaillancourt