SAINT-ÉLIE-DE-CAXTON | A second councillor has slammed the door of Saint-Élie-de-Caxton in less than 10 days, bringing to five the number of resignations from elected officials, since the arrival in office of the mayor Robert Gauthier.
The mayor has refused to comment on the situation on Monday, claiming that this information will not be made public next week.
Élaine Legault has succeeded Charline Plant, who resigned on 9 July last.
“Councillors, there is no 114, there are six advisors/counselors on the table of the municipal council. Six! There are five resignations,” said the storyteller, and citizen Fred Pellerin.
With the replacements, now they are four councillors out of six sit.
This week has also been marked by the dismissal of the secretary-treasurer Isabelle Bournival. The latter had already been dismissed from his post of director-general in 2016, but the City had to pay him 23 0000$ in a settlement because she alleged that she had been the victim of psychological harassment on the part of the former mayor Réjean Audet.
Despite the filing of a petition of over 1000 names to the national Assembly in November last, no inquiry into the management of the municipality has been undertaken by the ministry of municipal Affairs.
“We ask the minister [Andrée Laforest] to act as quickly as possible. It’s already been nine months that it has filed the petition. […] The more it drags, the more the bleeding continues,” said the one of the initiators of the petition, Carole Garceau.
Traders are starting to have enough of that Saint Elias has bad press, to the point of wishing the intervention of Quebec.
“There are problems of management in Saint-Élie. It may not be as many resignations and all is well”, emphasized the shopping Isabelle Héroux.
“Saint-Élie-de-Caxton is in need of help,” she said Fred Pellerin.