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André Boisclair could step down temporarily

09/27/2013 08:29 EDT | Updated 11/27/2013 05:12 EST
The diplomatic career of former Parti Québecois leader André Boisclair faces an uncertain future, following allegations about a $2.5 million grant he awarded while municipal affairs minister back in 2003 and his admitted past use of cocaine. 

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Sources have told Radio-Canada that under the circumstances, it's difficult to carry on with his duties in New York. Boisclair and his lawyers have reportedly been mulling over his options — the most drastic being a decision to quit his post temporarily, with the provincial government's approval.

Lukewarm support from Marois

categorical in her support of Boisclair. 

Maroisin him.

"Mr. Boisclair is a responsible man," Marois told a news conference in La Malbaie, Que., on Friday. "I am certain he will know to make the decisions that need to be made at the appropriate time."   

That choice of words was similar to what Marois said about former Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay last year before he resigned in scandal.

Tremblay has since cited Marois' comments as the moment he knew he needed to quit, because the provincial government was forcing him out.   

A source told The Canadian Press late Friday that Boisclair had already contacted the Secrétariat aux emplois supérieurs — the executive agency in government that oversees senior postings — to discuss how he should best defend himself.

CAQ demands answers

— just four days before an election call — 

 this week about Sauvé's alleged links to the Hells Angels and the fact that Boisclair admitted in 2005 to using cocaine while in government.

“Was Minister Boisclair coerced?” Duchesneau asked, in an interview on CBC Montreal's Radio Noon. “Where do you get cocaine? ...Is it not through organized crime? That’s the link that really concerns me.”

Duchesneauof the provincial anti-collusion unit, that's left many Quebecerswhether he actually knows something about Boisclair–s engaging in a smear job.

Duchesneau has played coy, declining to say whether he holds any incriminating information – but also refusing to back down from his comments.

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