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Dominique Ollivier leaves her position as president of the Montreal executive committee
She will remain municipal councilor
SHARING Dominique Cambron-Goulet and Annabelle Blais
In the hot seat for a week due to his expenses at the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM), Mayor Valérie Plante's right-hand man, Dominique Ollivier, announced his resignation from the position of president of the executive committee, Monday after -noon.
“It is clear that for ten days, I have been faced with a situation which prevents me from fully and confidently carrying out the mandate entrusted to me by Ms. Plante,” she declared. This is why I announced to Ms. Plante my intention to withdraw from my functions as president and member of the executive committee.” However, she will remain a city councilor in the Rosemont borough and a member of Projet Montréal.
The president of the executive committee was to present the Plante administration's budget on Wednesday.
After defending Ms. Ollivier's integrity last week, Mayor Valérie Plante acknowledged in a separate press conference that the climate was no longer “favorable.”
“Faced with the need to preserve the population's confidence in municipal authorities and to embody our roles as elected officials in a calm climate, I accepted the resignation of Ms. Ollivier,” responded Ms. Plante.
Ms. Ollivier also asked to be heard by the Committee on Finance and Administration on Friday to explain her decisions taken when she headed the OCPM, from 2014 to 2021.
For the past week, our Bureau of Investigation has demonstrated how, for several years, the current and past leaders of the OCPM have increased extravagant expenses. This small organization, 100% funded by the City of Montreal, spent more on restaurant costs than any other entity in the City in 2022.
Between 2016 and 2019, Ms. Ollivier alone spent $17,793 on restaurants. She also carried out numerous missions around the world with her former business partner Guy Grenier, whom she had hired as a collaborator. During one of their missions, Ms. Ollivier charged $347 for an oyster dinner to celebrate Mr. Grenier's birthday in a Parisian restaurant.
- Listen to the interview with Rémy Trudel, professor at the National School of Public Administration and former Minister of Municipal Affairs, on Alexandre Dubé via QUB radio< strong>:
Valérie Plante sent an unequivocal message to the current president of the OCPM, Isabelle Beaulieu, and to its secretary general, Guy Grenier, who are also responsible for questionable expenses.
“Dominique Ollivier took responsibility for her actions, she made the difficult decisions that were necessary to protect her integrity but above all the institution, and I expect exactly the same thing from the leaders of the OCPM,” he said. she underlined.
Responding to a question about a possible dismissal by elected officials, Ms. Plante affirmed that Ms. Beaulieu “no longer had the confidence of the municipal council.”
“We will not hesitate to make the necessary changes to clean up the OCPM,” she also said, speaking of her discussions with the Minister of Municipal Affairs of Quebec, Andrée Laforest, in order to modify the law which governs the OCPM.
Ms. Ollivier says she has received numerous racist and misogynistic messages since the publication of our articles.
Ms. Plante took care to praise the qualities and work of Ms. Ollivier, confirming that she remained within his party, Projet Montréal.
“Within our administration, her work was important and impeccable,” declared Ms. Plante, specifying however that Dominique Ollivier will “never again be president of the executive committee.”
“My priority is to deliver a responsible budget this Wednesday,” she added. The mayor of the Plateau, Luc Rabouin, thus becomes president of the executive committee and it is Benoit Dorais, mayor of the South-West, who takes over the financial file.
“The thing to do”
According to the leader of the opposition in the City of Montreal, Aref Salem, “resigning was the right thing to do.”
“It’s been a week since we already asked for Ms. Ollivier’s resignation. It was beginning to undermine the confidence of Montrealers in the entire municipal administration,” said Mr. Salem.
According to him, Valérie Plante’s administration “will emerge weakened” because of her “decision to support Ms Ollivier at the start of the revelations.
Mr. Salem also reiterated that the current leaders of the OCPM, Isabelle Beaulieu and Guy Grenier, “no longer have the confidence of Montrealers” and that they must leave.
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