Quebec City's mayor to scale back duties, take leave of absence following cancer diagnosis

The longtime mayor of Quebec City has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

A statement from the city says Regis Labeaume will gradually scale back his duties and eventually take a leave of absence as he fights the disease.

Labeaume is expected to remain in office for the time being, but will begin to delegate some of his responsibilities.

The 62-year-old former businessman has held the city's top job since 2007.

Quebec Premier Francois Legault described Labeaume as a fighter, wished him well in treatment and expressed confidence in his recovery.

Former Montreal mayor Denis Coderre expressed his support, reminding Labeaume that ``The will is stronger than the disease.''