The mayor of C -te d’Ivoire – Notre Dame-de-Cruz (CDN-NDG), Sue Montgomery, is coming to the High Court to challenge his four-month suspension, which will be commissioned by the Commission on Municipality of Quebec (CMQ) on Monday. ) 11 due to ethical violations.
“Here, what my client is blaming is that CMQ and the city of Montreal had a bias against them from the beginning. They violated her rights, they lied that she was the cause of the psychological harassment and a toxic work environment,” said his lawyer.e Eric Oliver during a press conference in front of cameras in court on Tuesday.
According to the lawyer for a member of the company that specializes in municipal law, the CMQ and the City continue to “lie” “even today,” while no decision by the Executive Labor Court is in this sense. -This is “. In addition,” the High Court in December said it was not responsible for it, “he continued,” to restore the reputation of the elected municipality. ”
Joined Press, Sue Montgomery, for her part, did not want to react on Tuesday. However, in addition to holding an open debate on the merits of the case, his clan wants the mayor to immediately reappoint the party with the main interest in the post. Judge Mark Phillips will decide whether the stay request can go forward.
According to the CMQ results released on Monday, Mr.Me Montgomery will not be able to occupy his mayoral seat for the entire period leading up to the next municipal elections scheduled for November 7. Executive Judge Alain R. Permission granted by Roy was sought by the CMQ attorney.
Called to respond on Tuesday, the Montreal Mayor’s Office said Mr.Me Montgomery. “The decision given by the CMQ yesterday is ambiguous and it is time for Mayor Montgomery to present the public interest before his personal decision,” press secretary Marikim Goudralt said.
A long saga
On June 28, the mayor of CDN-NDG was found guilty of violating 11 protocols because he failed to maintain a “non-harassment” working environment among his metropolitan employees and engaged in a power struggle with no respect for the metropolitan director and city staff. In particular the Quebec Municipal Commission came to an end.
In his decision on the 120-day permit imposed on Mr.Me Montgomery, Judge Roy said, “The mayor noted the overall grievance and denial behavior, the use of which is detrimental to people who are vulnerable and severely affected. The harm of a harmonious work environment is dignified and free from any form of harassment.”
Earlier on Monday, Montreal Mayor Valerie Blande pointed out that “this ruling opens a new chapter towards a healthier work environment and more efficient public services.”
“Citizens can finally breathe better. They are the real victims of this internal conflict in Project Montreal, which has paralyzed the CDN-NDG for more than two years, ”he said, referring to Lionel Perez, the opposition leader at City Hall, as the party for the mayor.
Sue Montgomery, first elected with Project Montreal, was expelled from the party by Mayor Valerie Blonde two years ago. In anticipation of next November’s election, he founded his own party, Courage – Team Sue Montgomery. So far, the Saga between City and Sue Montgomery has cost the taxpayer $ 600,000 in legal costs.
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