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Laval Mayor Marc Demers diagnosed with cancer

Marc Demers, a former police officer, has been Laval's mayor since 2013.
Marc Demers, a former police officer, has been Laval's mayor since 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Mario Beauregard

Laval Mayor Marc Demers has been diagnosed with stage 1 prostate cancer.

According to the mayor’s spokesperson, Valérie Sauvé, Demers has received brachytherapy treatment, a type of radiation to treat cancer.

Sauvé added that everything is going well, and his health is being checked regularly.

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“He continues to perform his duties with the same rigor, the same determination,” Sauvé said.

Demers, a former police officer, was elected after longtime mayor Gilles Vaillancourt was charged with a dozen corruption-related charges, including two counts of gangsterism.

Demers promised to crack down on corruption and has been at the helm of the city since 2013.

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