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Ex-PQ leader Boisclair arrested for suspected drunk driving: reports

Last Updated Nov 9, 2017 at 1:20 pm PST

Former PQ chief, Andre Boisclair, exits a police station in Quebec City, on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Vincent Fradet

QUEBEC – Former Parti Quebecois leader Andre Boisclair was arrested Thursday for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol, a Montreal radio station reported.

Cogeco-owned 98,5 FM said Quebec City police arrested Boisclair shortly after midnight.

Police did not confirm Boisclair, 51, was the person arrested but TV footage showed the ex-politician leaving a Quebec City police station just before noon Thursday.

Earlier in the day, a clerk at the local courthouse said a name matching Boisclair’s was on a list of people expected to appear but the individual was not arraigned later in the day.

Police spokesman Etienne Doyon said authorities arrested a 51-year-old man for suspected drunk driving after a car struck a lamppost.

Police allege the man also refused a breathalyzer, obstructed justice and intimidated someone associated with the judicial system. Doyon said the man was released on a promise to appear in court at a later date, which media reports said would be Feb. 15.

Boisclair was a longtime provincial politician who served as PQ leader between November 2005 and May 2007.

He quit after a disappointing showing in the 2007 election in which the PQ finished third.

Boisclair was first elected in 1989 at the age of 23 — at the time he was the youngest-ever member of the legislature — and went on to hold several cabinet positions in governments headed by Lucien Bouchard and Bernard Landry.

Post-politics, he was appointed to several advisory posts and served as Quebec’s delegate-general in New York City in 2012 and 2013.

He is currently president and chief executive officer of the Institut de developpement urbain du Quebec, which speaks for the real estate industry and promotes urban development in the province.

A spokesperson for the organization declined to comment and did not confirm an arrest.

(Cogeco Nouvelles/The Canadian Press)