The opposition at the town hall believes that Régis Labeaume has shown too close to Quebecor by taking a seat in the TVA network helicopter. The main interested party does not see any problem with this ride during which he flew over the Plains during the World Cup of cross-country skiing.
The question was raised after the publication on Saturday by Québecor boss Pierre Karl Peladeau on his twitter thread of a photo on which he is accompanied by Mayor Labeaume and pilot of the helicopter TVA Michel Careau. “On the way to our Plains,” writes the former PQ leader. The World Cup of cross-country skiing was organized by Gestev, also owned by Quebecor.
“Imprudent” says Shoiry
All these elements combined ensure that the walk in the sky disturbed the advisors of Democracy Quebec, Anne Guerette and Paul Shoiry.
“There must be a distance between the elected official and the private corporations that interact with Ville,” Shoiry said, referring to the appearance of a conflict of interest or the possibility of “influence”.
“It is surprising that the mayor enjoys accepting helicopter tour invitations. He should keep a great distance. Especially since the owner of TVA is Quebecor which has an agreement with the City of several thousand dollars, “continued Mr. Shoiry.
“I do not think it’s ethically sound. It is a question of appearance, perception and ethics. It is very imprudent. ”
«Gang of cheap»
Questioned on this apparent proximity by a Radio-Canada journalist, on Monday, Mayor Labeaume returned the question. “If you had a Radio-Canada helicopter, I’d be happy to board. So buy a helicopter, cheap gang, “he said in a funny tone. The problem is that you do not have a helicopter. “