The new de facto head of the city of Laval said Thursday that "business as usual will continue," a day after the city's mayor stepped aside temporarily to reflect on his health and future.
"That is our intention. That is what the population of Laval is entitled to," said Basile Angelopoulos, the vice-chair of the city's executive committee.
Angelopoulos said the committee will run the city while Mayor Gilles Vaillancourt is on leave.
"We intend to do everything that needs to be done to ensure that decisions are made, to ensure that the important files of the city are looked after," Angelopoulos told a news conference Thursday afternoon.
The executive committee announced on Wednesday night that Vaillancourt has opted to take a leave of absence, hours after the mayor was targeted in raids by Quebec's anti-corruption squad for the third time in as many weeks.
The mayor's announcement said the decision was for medical reasons on the advice of a doctor, but on Thursday Angelopoulos said the mayor is also stepping aside "to reflect on the events of the last few weeks" and "on his future."
He didn't say how long that process would last.
"There's no precise date for that. The mayor asked for a period of leave. I think he deserves it, and we've agreed to grant him this period of reflection."