No hard feelings toward Joly, Bovet says

Posted By: Richard Deschamps · 10/22/2013 11:17:00 AM

Bibiane Bovet, the transsexual ex-prostitute who was dropped as a candidate by the Mélanie Joly campaign, says she has no hard feeling toward Joly — and would still vote for her.

Controversy swirled around her council candidacy in the Plateau Mont-Royal borough last week when Bovet's past as a paid escort came to light.

Initially, Joly stood by Bovet, saying she had done nothing wrong, but a couple of days later, she had a change of heart, and dropped Bovet from her slate.

She will not be on the ballot for the Nov. 3 election — even as an independent.

She tells CJAD's Tommy Schnurmacher she didn't want to withdraw her candidacy, but Joly's public relations team effectively persuaded her to drop out.

And adds, she still admires her, in spite of the move.

"She had to deal with a very intricate situation, and she did marvelously," Bovet says. "I think she did it on my back, though."

She says, too, that she saw the city as being "in shambles" and "a mess" when she moved to Montreal some years ago — and adds she agrees with the "quasi-totality" of Joly's platform.

And when asked about suggestions that Joly's run for mayor is something of a springboard to a federal candidacy with Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberals, Bovet says if that's true, she wouldn't mind doing that, either.

"I would probably run with Justin Trudeau in a snap," Bovet says. "I like Justin."

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