Attorneys fees : the City goes to court to make them pay Sue Montgomery

Frais d'avocats : la Ville se tourne encore vers les tribunaux pour faire payer Sue Montgomery

After a first setback before the courts, the City of Montreal is still trying to force the elected Sue Montgomery to pay its own attorneys ‘ fees.

The bill of the mayor of the borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is approximately 50 000 $.

For the past several months, the ex-elected Project Montreal is engaged in a battle with the municipal administration. It accuses him of having left to endure a work environment is toxic within the borough, which she denies.

Last June 10, the executive committee has authorized, in closed session, the legal affairs Department to be taken against Ms. Montgomery, “any application to the court to obtain the refund of amounts paid by the City of Montreal to pay the costs of his representation.”

The mayor of the borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, is under investigation by the ethics Commission municipale du Québec (CMQ). It has also been put into notice by the City of Montreal.

According to the controller general of the City, Ms. Montgomery would not have maintained a working environment free of harassment within the district, violating its code of ethics.

The dispute ended up before the courts. Last April, the superior Court has obliged the City to pay the legal fees of Ms. Montgomery.

According to the documents of the executive committee, “the lawyers of Mrs. Montgomery were sent to the City of Montreal bills for fees that total to this day the sum of 48 523,25$”. These fees have been paid, even if the City disagrees and wishes to get a refund.

Indeed, the municipality believes that it is not required to assume the costs of representation of Ms. Montgomery.

A long saga

Recall that in December 2019, the mayor, Montgomery had been informed of a report of the comptroller-general state of psychological harassment by his chief of cabinet to the location of two municipal employees.

Not agreeing to implement the recommendations of the comptroller general, Ms. Montgomery has been expelled from the caucus of projet Montréal in January.

The case is particularly found in front of the Commission municipale du Québec. The hearing will begin on June 29.

The former journalist had been a candidate for the star of the party of the mayor Valerie Plant in the local elections of 2017, before finding himself at loggerheads with his former comrades of the bench.

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