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Former Parti Quebecois leader Andre Boisclair arrives for a court appearance on sexual assault charges, in Montreal, on June 20.Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press

Former Parti Quebecois leader Andre 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.

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