After Guilty Pleas, Ex-PQ Leader André Boisclair to Be Sentenced for Sex Assaults

By The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
July 18, 2022 Updated: July 18, 2022

Former Parti Québécois leader Andre Boisclair will find out today whether a judge will accept a jointly recommended sentence stemming from his guilty plea in two sexual assault cases.

Boisclair admitted last month to sexually assaulting two men he met online at his Montreal apartment in January 2014 and November 2015, with the victims telling the court last month they were scarred by their encounters with the former provincial politician.

He pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault with the participation of another person in one case and pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault in the second. The identities of both victims, who were in their early 20s at the time of the incidents, are protected by a publication ban.

Quebec court Judge Pierre Labelle is expected to deliver a ruling on the sentence today.

The Crown and defence have jointly recommended a sentence of two years less a day in jail—18 months for the first offence and six months minus a day for the second—as well as two years probation.

Boisclair, 56, would also be banned from contacting his victims.