Since the most recent municipal election campaign, a persistent rumour has been making the rounds to varying degrees, suggesting surprise mayoralty runner-up Mélanie Joly and Quebecor boss-turned-star PQ candidate Pierre Karl Péladeau were romantically involved.
And since Péladeau made his much-publicized entrance into the provincial campaign, those rumours intensified, with many people posting to the Facebook page of Joly's Vrai Changement Pour Montréal party about it.
In an interview with the Montreal free newspaper 24H, she dismissed the rumour and laughed as she did.
"That rumour is ridiculous," she said, adding there's been no change in her relationship status for some time.
She insists she remains in a very happy relationship with the man she was with during the recent municipal campaign.
Péladeau, meanwhile, went through a much-publicized breakup earlier this year with Quebec TV personality Julie Snyder.