Quebec mayoral election

Local politics can be messy… but in a candidate in a Quebec mayoral election now requires police protection.

The candidate first released a phone conversation she recorded with her former boss, ex-mayor Gilles Vaillancourt, who faces criminal gangsterism charges.

Despite his legal troubles, Vaillancourt was overheard offering to get involved in her campaign and help with financing, which echoed similar offers he is alleged to have made to other politicians over the years. The candidate, Claire Le Bel, refused the offer and publicly released the recording Monday.

Later that same day, her campaign manager was assaulted.

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