Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ex-PQ Leader Andre Boisclair Fined $2,000 and Loses Licence for Impaired Driving

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ex-PQ Leader Andre Boisclair Fined $2,000 and Loses Licence for Impaired Driving

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Ex-PQ leader Boisclair pleads guilty to impaired driving

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QUEBEC - Former Parti Quebecois leader Andre Boisclair was fined $2,000 and had his licence suspended for a year Thursday after pleading guilty to impaired driving, refusal to obey an order and obstruction of justice.

Boisclair, 51, was arrested in Quebec City last November after his car struck a lamppost.

He was also granted an absolute discharge, which will allow him to continue travelling back and forth to the United States.

"Today, I have assumed responsibility for my behaviour," Boisclair said outside the courtroom.

"I am especially relieved that nobody but myself has been affected by this, that nobody else suffered the consequences of my mistake.

"And I hope this entire affair will remind everyone that no one should ever drink and drive."

Boisclair received the minimum sentence for the first two charges and Judge Gilles Charest said he believed it was in the former politician's best interest that he be given the absolute discharge for the charge of obstructing justice. …

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