09/29/2013 15:23 EDT | Updated 11/29/2013 05:12 EST

André Boisclair sues CAQ over allegations

André Boisclair is suing Jacques Duchesneau and his party — the Coalition Avenir Québec — for what Boisclair calls abusive and defamatory statements. 

At a press conference in Montreal, the former Parti Québécois leader and official representative for Quebec in New York City said he has instructed his attorneys to take legal action against Duchesneau, CAQ leader François Legault and the party itself, for damaging his reputation with statements made last Wednesday.

"I have been dragged through the mud because of no-holds-barred partisan politics," said Boisclair.


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- Former PQ leader André Boisclair leaves diplomatic post

He told reporters today he was speaking as a citizen — and not as Quebec's delegate in New York — saying he wanted to be close to his family in Quebec during this difficult time. 

Boisclair was relieved of his duties in New York on Friday to give him the opportunity to clear his reputation, after threatening Duchesneau

In a statement late Friday, Quebec's International Relations Minister Jean-François Lisée confirmed Boisclair had been granted temporary leave of his diplomatic post.

"I wish Mr. Boisclair good luck in these difficult times and I thank him for the excellent work he has accomplished in the last few months in New York," Lisée said.

The CAQ said Sunday it would seek legal advice before responding to the lawsuit against the party.