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No charges against former Quebec Liberal cabinet minister Pierre Paradis: Crown

Quebec's director of criminal and penal prosecutions says no charges will be laid against longtime provincial politician Pierre Paradis.

The former Liberal cabinet minister was facing allegations of a sexual nature.

The prosecutor's office says in a statement it was not reasonably convinced of a conviction and charges will not be filed following a police investigation.

Paradis was the agriculture minister before being replaced and dumped from the Liberal caucus in January after the probe was launched.

The Crown's office says it met with the alleged victim before making its decision public today.

Paradis, 66, has been sitting as an Independent and has held the riding of Brome-Missisquoi since 1980.

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