Convinced that he acted legally in taking advantage of a decree, during the pandemic, to avoid the holding of a referendum on a controversial project of 64 dwellings, the municipality of Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval has just been bleached in ethical terms.
Questioned by citizens, who had the impression to spend “a lil’ fast,” during the crisis, the integrity Commissioner and municipal investigations looked into this case but concluded that there was no cause for an investigation, learned The Newspaper.
“At the end of our audit process, we inform you that the integrity Commissioner municipal will not undertake an investigation under the Act to facilitate the disclosure of wrongdoing against public agencies. Therefore, the Commissioner (…) will not intervene further in this case and consider it closed”, one can read in a letter sent to the director general of the municipality on Monday.
In the interview, the mayor Carl Thomassin said he is “very happy with the result” and believes they have been milled on the line. “It confirms that the approach that was made, it was correct and fair to all citizens of Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval. We had the right to use this ministerial order”, he responded.
The project is on the ice
A lot of water, however, has flowed under the bridges since the media coverage of this maneuver controversial, in April, and the City has been forced to revise its plans and put on ice the zoning changes that it proposed to go ahead with the project of eight apartment buildings, at the corner of Kildare and Sapphires.
The ministerial decree that she had used, citing “the economic emergency”, has been amended a few days before the end of the period of written consultation of 15 days (instead of the referendum process usual), which has forced the City to return to the box departure.
Knowing that there was a strong opposition of citizens, the municipality has filed a new draft of the regulations by removing, for the moment, all of the items in question. “It is sure that this field-there will not remain vacant but is zoned commercial. Is it that the proponent will develop a commercial project, or return to the charge with a residential project ? One is to analyze it all,” explains the mayor Thomassin.
Elected officials were also put on ice the proposed development of the roundabout on the high street Matricaires. “This project is currently under study. We look at the possibilities.”
The victory of a “small group”
In the end, the mayor Thomassin believes that a “small group” of citizens has been “won” by delaying the two projects, to the detriment of the entire population of Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval. “A beautiful project as it pays taxes to the City and more, here at Sainte-Brigitte, there are no homes to rent. This service here is almost non existent. The citizens as a whole has lost” analysis-t-it.