Former Laval mayor Gilles Vaillancourt granted full parole

Former Laval mayor Gilles Vaillancourt granted full parole
The Parole Board of Canada issued the decision Thursday, saying it had “no other choice” but to grant Vaillancourt his liberty.

“The parole board is satisfied that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that, if full parole is ordered, you will commit a violent offense prior to the expiration of your sentence,” it wrote.

Known as the King of Laval, Vaillancourt served as the city’s mayor for 23 years from 1989 until 2012, when he resigned amid corruption allegations. A few months later, he was arrested as part of a sweep by the province’s anti-corruption squad in May, 2013.

In December 2016, he pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, breach of trust and conspiracy. He was sentenced to six years in prison.

Vaillancourt, 77, had been staying at a halfway home for the past year after he was granted day parole. The parole board described the former mayor as “polite, open, transparent and voluble in his interactions with employees.”

In its six-page decision, the board also noted Vaillancourt showed good behaviour during that time.

While Vaillancourt has now been granted full parole, he must respect certain conditions, including divulging all financial information required to satisfy his parole officer.
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