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OCPM: “We must not throw the baby out with the bathwater”, says Valérie Plante

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The mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, was invited to the show “Tout le monde en parole” on November 19, 2023.

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Transition to l ;show Everybody talks about it, the mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, said she did not foresee the abolition of the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM), that' she still considers it “important”, and reiterated her support for the former president of the Office, Dominique Ollivier.

The bond of trust with the population has been broken, recognized Valérie Plante.

The mayor does not, however, foresee the abolition of the ;OCPM, because the organization's mission remains relevant and important, she insisted. You shouldn't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

The OCPM, which organizes public consultations to gather citizens' opinions on various City projects, has come under several criticisms in recent weeks after the revelations of the Journal de Montréal on questionable expenditure by certain leaders.

The mayor has since announced the placing of the Office under supervision. She will also recommend the resignation of the president of the OCPM, Isabelle Beaulieu.

Valérie Plante also took advantage of her appearance on the show to reiterate her support for Dominique Ollivier, who remains to this day a member of the Projet Montréal caucus, in addition to retaining her position as councilor in the Rosemont borough –La Petite-Patrie

She always has my trust, assured the mayor. [Since the revelations], she has faced the music and has never hidden.

[Dominique Ollivier] no longer has the confidence of citizens regarding her mandate to manage finances, but she remains a great Montrealer who demonstrates #x27;great rigor.

A quote from Valérie Plante, mayor of Montreal

Ms. Ollivier, who was president of the OCPM from 2014 to 2021, has recently been in the spotlight due to expenses for dinners and trips requested by officials of the Office when ;she was at the head of the Office.

She resigned from her position as president of the executive committee of the City of Montreal a few days after the scandal broke.

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Dominique Ollivier was president of the OCPM from 2014 to 2021. (Archive photo)

In an opinion letter published Sunday in the newspaper La Presse, she writes of having been the target of the court of public opinion, and of having been prey to the anger of indignant citizens for two weeks.

I have not broken any rules, I have not stolen anything, I have not embezzled funds, I have not made gifts to friends, she defends herself.

It only took 22 minutes to shake up a credibility built patiently over 20 years and reverse the perception that the public had it from an incomplete and decontextualized reading, she believes.

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