The Sainte-Adèle councilor involved in a tussle with a security guard during his eviction from city council on Monday evening wants to sue the municipality and has filed a complaint with the SQ.
“It's unacceptable what they did to me. It is not democratic. I filed a complaint with the SQ against the security agent and I will sue the city, ”criticizes Pierre Lafond, opposition advisor in the small municipality of the Laurentians.
He sent a formal notice to the municipality of Sainte-Adèle and claimed $ 400,000 in damages, he confirmed in an interview.
Monday's city council meeting was heated from start to finish, as the QMI Agency saw when viewing an entire video of the meeting. From the start of the session, around 7 p.m., we see that the tone rises between him, Mayor Nadine Briand and another citizen present in the room. The two men – Mr. Lafond and the citizen – ask many questions on many points on the agenda. The latter regularly interrupt the proceedings of the meeting.
The mayor threatens to expel them because they do not respect decorum. Shortly afterwards, she summons the police to evict the citizen present in the room.
“We have plenty of questions and she doesn't want to answer them,” launches Mr. Lafond.
The councilor continues to interrupt the meeting on many points on the agenda. The tone still rises several times during the evening. Shortly before the end of the assembly, the mayor asks municipal councilor Pierre Lafond to leave the assembly, which he refuses to do.
“He did not respect the rules of the assembly, which is a nuisance to the proper functioning of the council,” explained Nadine Briand, mayor of Sainte-Adèle in the middle of the week.
On the video obtained by the QMI Agency, we see the security officer inviting Mr. Lafond to leave the council assembly, which he refuses to do. A fight between the two men then breaks out.
The security guard had to use force to get Mr. Lafond out. He immobilized him on the ground in the entrance to the Place des Citoyens.
“In a democracy, it is good to be able to ask questions. It is fundamental. But it is also very important to respect the rules of the assembly. Respect for decorum is important so that we can have all the arguments to make the right decision before voting, ”explained Michel Nadeau, consultant and former director general of the Institute of Governance, joined by the 'QMI Agency.
The municipal councilor intends to appear at the next municipal council meeting. “I was elected for that, it is certain that I will present myself there”, he launched on the phone.
On the side of the municipality, no action has been taken against Mr. Lafond, which is not in his first litigation.
The Commission municipale du Québec intervened in two other cases related to his behavior. One of them went to the Superior Court.
On the phone with the QMI Agency on Thursday, Councilor Lafond compared the municipality of Sainte-Adèle to North Korea and mentioned that there was a plot against him during the last municipal meeting.