Ethics and deontology: the Mayor of Hudson under investigation

maire-hudson-ed-prevostThe Quebec Municipal Commission opened an inquiry into ethics and ethics about the Hudson Mayor Ed Prevost, learned La Presse. The Administrative Court, however, refused to reveal the substance of the complaint, as the main person.

“What you reproach me? Frankly, I read it once and it was so outlandish that I do not really remember, “said Mayor Prévost in a telephone interview. “We’ll let the care our lawyers to take care of that,” he added.

The request for investigation was filed on 29 September. “The investigation in this matter will commence in the coming weeks and possibly the hearing will take place between January and March 2016,” has merely stated Céline Lahaie, secretary and spokesman of the Municipal Board in an email to mid-October.

“Only the mayor is the subject of the investigation request concerning one or breaches of the code of ethics and professional conduct of elected officials of the city of Hudson. Furthermore, the review by the prosecutor investigation is confidential. The failings will be known during the hearing, “she said a few days ago.

The small municipality located west of Montreal has made headlines several times in recent years.

In April 2015, La Presse revealed that the Unité permanente anticorruption (UPAC) had opened an investigation after the microphones had been found in municipal staff offices of the city. They were discovered by a computer firm that tried to overcome the problems of internet connection.

Mayor Prevost also had a dispute with his former Executive Director Catherine Haulard, he suspended without pay in February 2015. The latter sued the municipality for constructive dismissal and harassment to the Labour Relations Commission.

A few weeks after the departure of Ms. Haulard, treasurer Ramin Jawanda resigned. He told local media that the work environment is unhealthy in Hudson.

In October 2014, the former Executive Director Louise Villandré was pinned by the UPAC. Investigators believe they have discovered that for 17 years, she would have cashed in his personal account checks that were not intended for him. Through this ploy, it could well divert nearly 1.1 million.

This Prevost is the mayor who had contacted the authorities at the time. After his election in 2013, he found a city bled white.

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