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The mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, at a press conference. (Archive photo)


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The mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, will recommend to the municipal council the dismissal of the president of the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM), Isabelle Beaulieu, as well as the freezing of the organization's funds, in the wake of #x27;a controversy over expenses deemed irregular.

Questioned on Friday following the testimonies of Ms. Beaulieu and the former president of the OCPM Dominique Ollivier in the municipal commission, Mayor Plante described the testimonies heard as extremely shocking.

What emerges is that we are facing systemic mismanagement of the OCPM which has spread over several years. This raises several essential questions and it confirms the mandate that I gave to the Auditor General on Tuesday of last week, she summarized.

The freezing of funds, except for employee compensation, will be maintained until a mechanism is put in place for tight control of expenses.

The mayor explained that the breach of trust is clear and clear towards Isabelle Beaulieu, who has assumed the presidency of the OCPM since 2022, hence the recommendation to dismiss her from her functions. We are going to do a thorough cleaning, said Valérie Plante.

My job is to ensure that the bond of trust is strong between the population and the institutions. I represent the integrity of all institutions linked to the City of Montreal.

A quote from Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal

For two weeks, a smell of scandal has permeated the OCPM after revelations from the Journal de Montréalon lavish expenditures made under the presidency of Dominique Ollivier between 2014 and 2021, before she joined Valérie Plante's party.

Dominique Ollivier then became president of the executive committee. Under pressure, she resigned from her position, but remains a councilor in the borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie.

In a press release published Friday, the leader of the official opposition at City Hall, Aref Salem, calls for the exclusion of Ms. Ollivier from the caucus of the mayor's party, Projet Montréal.

Theft of time, arbitrary management, laxity: the revelations surrounding Dominique Ollivier, who did nothing to correct his mismanagement despite warnings from the Auditor General in 2017, are scandalous. I am all the more outraged that she did not have the decency to inform the executive committee of the abuses taking place within the organization when she was appointed president, adds Mr. Salem.

He recalls that the official opposition had already demanded that Isabelle Beaulieu be removed from office. It makes no sense that Valérie Plante has not already done so, by calling an extraordinary meeting of the municipal council, says Aref Salem.

Last November 6 , the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Andrée Laforest, asked Ms. Beaulieu to explain, adding that after discussion with the City, the Auditor General of Montreal received the mandate to review the practices of the ;OCPM in order to shed light on the situation. I am committed to quickly analyzing the recommendations of the Auditor General's report and will not hesitate to make the necessary legislative changes.


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