Laval mayoralty candidate requests police protection
Option Laval mayoralty candidate Claire Le Bel met the media Tuesday morning to address the offer of 'help' she received from disgraced former Laval mayor Gilles Vaillancourt, and last night's attack against one of her political attachés.
Reny Gagnon was roughed up by two men last night after he left party offices. Gagnon wasn't seriously hurt, and he filed a complaint with provincial police, who are investigating the incident, but not commenting on it for the moment.
Le Bel, who was elected to Laval city council in 2009 as part of Vaillancourt's now-defunct Parti Pro des Lavallois, says she got a phone call from Vaillancourt on August 13, asking for a meeting with her.
She initially resisted, but later agreed to a meeting — but recorded it. During the 50-minute meeting, Vaillancourt, who still faces gangsterism and fraud charges, offered to finance her campaign — an offer she refused.
She turned the tape over to the Charbonneau Commission and the SQ's Hammer squad on August 20, and the tape was made public yesterday on Radio-Canada.
Le Bel says she fears for her safety and no longer drivers her car alone, and has requested police protection.
She also says she went public with the tape because citizens of Laval have the right to know.