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Fight between elected officials in the corridors of Quebec City Hall

Photo: Francis Vachon Archives Le Devoir The City undertakes in particular to offer “in the coming weeks” training to elected officials to “remind them of the concepts” which govern their role under the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct governing Council members, adopted in 2022.

Sébastien Tanguay in Quebec

5:08 p.m.

  • Quebec City

Quebec City Mayor Bruno Marchand says some whistleblowers “should look in the mirror” in the wake of allegations that a toxic climate reigns at Quebec City Hall. He reiterated on Thursday that the working atmosphere is a matter for all parties, at a time when the City's Director General, Luc Monty, summoned the four groups represented on the Municipal Council “to take stock”.< /p>

An altercation between two elected officials, which occurred on February 6 on the sidelines of a council meeting, continues to cause ink to flow in the capital. An opposition councilor, Stevens Mélançon, recounted on Thursday how an elected official from the mayor's team allegedly challenged him in the corridors of the town hall to the point of punching him in the chest.

“If we tolerate this, what’s the next step? Where are we going? Now that’s a blow chest< /i>, next time what will it be ? A punch ?” denounced the elected official of the Chute-Montmorency-Seigneurial district.

The day before, an advisor from another opposition party, Alicia Despins, affirmed that the episode constituted “the straw that broke the camel's back” following a series of situations ” violence, aggressiveness, harassment” mentioned by her and her leader, Claude Villeneuve, both members of the official opposition. The elected official filed a complaint with the Quebec Municipal Commission to denounce the alleged inaction of Clément Laberge, chief of staff of Mayor Bruno Marchand, following several reports.

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The mayor did not want to comment on the complaint on Thursday. “We will collaborate, but we will not make any further comments,” he said. This file is under analysis. »

Bruno Marchand, however, did not mince his words about the altercation between a member of his team and Stevens Mélançon. “I think those who accuse should look in the mirror,” he said. The quarrel allegedly originated from publications written by Mr. Mélançon on the Facebook profile of a Quebec City councilor, herself a former spouse of the other elected official involved in the skirmish.

“What was done, for me, is unacceptable,” insisted the mayor about the comments written on social networks. In relation to the chest attack allegedly initiated by his advisor, he “judges that there is no reason to go further. »

“I wasn't there, I can't tell you if there was contact or not, I didn't see the videotapes, so it's not up to me to take care of that. »

The City's general manager, Luc Monty, decided to jump into the fray to try to calm things down. He called a meeting for Thursday afternoon to “take stock of security and the working climate within the political teams at city hall” with all parties.

At the end of the meeting, the mayor's team delivered a short report. “Each party certainly had its recriminations, but also its share of behavior to improve,” she wrote to journalists. We all have a role to play so that relationships and exchanges remain healthy and courteous […] We take the situation seriously and sincerely hope that everything is resolved quickly. »

The general director also undertakes to offer “in the coming weeks” training to elected officials to “remind them of the concepts” which govern their role under the Code of ethics and professional conduct governing members of the Council, adopted in 2022.

Its second article states that elected officials must “respect and civilize council members, city employees and citizens. »

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116