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Guy Grenier dismissed from his position as general secretary of the OCPM

Photo: OCPM website In recent months, Guy Grenier, who occupied a key position within the OCPM, found himself at the heart of a scandal revealed by the Quebecor media concerning questionable expenses made by members of the organization.

Zacharie Goudreault

February 7, 2024

  • Montreal

The secretary general of the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM), Guy Grenier, is no longer employed by the organization, within which his questionable expenses, at the expense of taxpayers, had raised an uproar in recent months.

“As of February 5, Mr. Grenier is no longer employed by the OCPM,” confirmed by email Gabriel Martre-Dufour, the public affairs assistant of the organization, which receives from the City of Montreal annual funding of approximately three million dollars. “You will understand that we cannot further comment on the file or communicate personal information which is part of an employee’s personal file,” he added in a statement sent to Devoir.

“The presidency is considering the next steps, and a person on loan from the City is taking over as interim,” continues Mr. Martre-Dufour.

In recent months, the man who occupied a key position at the OCPM found himself at the heart of a scandal revealed by the Quebecor media concerning questionable expenses made by members of his organization. These revelations notably led to the resignation of Dominique Ollivier from the presidency of the executive committee of the City of Montreal due to the costs billed to Montreal taxpayers during his time at the head of the OCPM, from 2014 to 2021. The former president of the organization Isabelle Beaulieu was fired by the municipal council last November; the OCPM was then placed under supervision.

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The mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, as well as the Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs, Andrée Laforest, had for their part called for the departure of Guy Grenier in November, who then refused to leave his post. Mr. Grenier was notably a player at the heart of a $347 oyster dinner in Paris held in 2016 to mark his birthday, which sparked controversy.

Last December, the administration of Valérie Plante entrusted the reins of the OCPM on an interim basis to the former president of the Office of Public Hearings on the Environment Philippe Bourke.

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