Former Quebec leader Andre Bowclair’s sexual assault returns to court


The criminal case of the alleged sexual assault of former Parti Québéan leader Andre Boisclair will return to court today.

56-year-old Boisclair pleaded not guilty to being charged in separate cases involving two alleged victims whose identities were subject to ban.

In one case, Boisclair was charged with sexual assault with the participation of a third party and sexual assault with a weapon in connection with the alleged incident in January 2014.

Meanwhile, Boisclair has been charged with sexually assaulting an alleged incident in November 2015.

He relinquished his right to preliminary investigation in both cases last September and chose to go to trial directly before the judge alone.

Boisclair was the Minister of the State Cabinet and was the PQ leader from 2005 to 2007, when the party opposed it.

He then represented Quebec in New York from 2012 to 2013 and chaired the Quebec Institute for Urban Development from 2016 until his arrest.

Boisclair was first elected for horseback riding in Gouin’s Montreal in 1989 when we were 23 years old.

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