Ex-PQ Leader André Boisclair Sentenced to Two Years Less a Day for Sex Assaults

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

Former Parti Québécois leader André Boisclair has been sentenced to two years less a day in jail after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting two young men.

Quebec court Judge Pierre Labelle today accepted a joint sentencing recommendation from the Crown and Boisclair’s lawyer, which also includes two years probation.

Labelle described Boisclair’s actions as “highly reprehensible” and said the sentence was fair and appropriate.

Boisclair, 56, pleaded guilty on June 20 to one count of sexual assault with the participation of another person and one count of sexual assault.

The two assaults took place in January 2014 and November 2015 at Boisclair’s Montreal apartment, and both involved men in their early 20s whom Boisclair met online.

Boisclair’s two victims, whose identities are protected by a publication ban, told the court at the June 20 hearing how their encounters with the former politician continue to haunt them.