Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse: a former elected official fined for ethical breaches

Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse: a former elected official fined for ethical breaches


A former Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse councilor has placed herself in a conflict of interest situation and will have to pay penalties totaling $4,000, the Commission municipale du Québec (CMQ) has ruled .

Sylvie Lauzon was subject to two breaches of her Code of Ethics concerning interventions during the municipal council meeting of September 9, 2021. She has since resigned from her position as councillor.

He was accused of having placed himself in a situation of conflict of interest by voting against two resolutions relating to the sale of municipal land, one used as a park and the other as a parking lot, which provide him with a view of the river and the village church, from his property.

“Personal interest”

The former municipal council, although divided, was of the opinion that the two lots did not meet a municipal need and planned to establish a new residential construction and a daycare center respectively.

Ms. Lauzon s is defended by saying that his actions were motivated by the well-being of citizens. She invoked the preservation of the park and the parking lot and irregularities in the process.

But for the court, there is no doubt that “Mrs. Lauzon had a personal interest in the two resolutions” and that 'a “reasonable person would think that in voting [he] had in mind the protection of his eyesight,” reads the decision handed down last week.

The court found that the ex-Councillor Lauzon committed the two alleged violations and imposed a penalty of $2,000 for each of them, which must be paid to the Municipality.

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