The former number 2 of UPAC Marcel Forget believes he was abandoned by his big boss Robert Lafrenière the day he signed his letter of resignation.
“Mr. Lafrenière is someone I respected. […] I do not know what to think today ”, dropped Marcel Forget, former deputy commissioner at the Permanent Anti-Corruption Unit (UPAC), in cross-examination yesterday at the Montreal courthouse.
Marcel Forget is especially angry with Lafrenière for his behavior during the fateful day of November 30, 2017, when he had to quit his job.
Forget testifies in the $ 2 million lawsuit he filed against the Quebec government for what he believes to be unlawful dismissal.
According to Forget, the examination for discovery of a senior state official, André Fortier, leads him to reconsider the favorable opinion he had of his ex-boss.
“I don't know what to think, knowing that Mr. Lafrenière reassured me on the 30th and that according to Mr. Fortier's testimony he would have been aware that I was to be fired,” he said.
Earlier this week, Forget had recounted having received a call from Lafrenière qualified as a “telephone hug” the very morning of his departure to reassure him, while a report from our Bureau of Investigation was published about him.
A little later in the morning, Robert Lafrenière would however have contacted Forget again to tell him that he needed his letter of resignation.
“He wanted to go to dinner,” said the witness with great emotion. “He said to me: 'You no longer have a choice [to give me your letter], it's written everywhere.' ”
Forget says he felt that day to have been dumped by his boss. He believes he was forced to sign his letter of resignation while in shock.
The government prosecutor, Me France Bonsaint, questioned the witness at length in the morning yesterday, attempting to identify inconsistencies in her version of events.
Marcel Forget's testimony closes a week full of emotions during which Lafrenière and the former Minister of Public Security Martin Coiteux also came to explain themselves.
The former minister maintained that, in his opinion, Forget's departure was necessary because of “extremely worrying” facts.
► The former secretary general of the government of Quebec, André Fortier, who would have played a role in the departure of Forget, must be heard on Monday.