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Yves Francoeur won’t resign from the presidency of the Brotherhood of police of Montreal and refuses to issue an apology for his remarks last spring that have flayed the elected representatives of the Quebec liberal Party (QLP).
Mr. Francoeur gave those assurances on Thursday morning in an interview on radio station 98.5 FM, two days after the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) had indicated that his allegations of influence-peddling involving the elected liberals were not substantiated.
It was his duty to make his statements, according to Yves Francoeur, who added Thursday that it was in good faith and that it referred to the same thing. He reiterated six sources of backgrounds were oriented towards denunciation.
The union leader has justified his statements in the spring saying that to that things are progressing, the use of mass media information is relevant.
This method, however, is not approved by the minister Jean-Marc Fournier, who has been splattered in this case. “In doing so, Yves Francoeur attack all the institutions, including the DPCP and the police in the investigation,” said his press officer, Gabrielle Had to. “Mr. Fournier will not do other interviews. He notes that Yves Francoeur refuses to read the result of the investigation is written black on white in the press release: “no proof” that “, she added, two days after the minister has made a request of apology to the union leader.
The micro de Paul Arcand, Yves Francoeur said wondering how his charges were able to be unfounded. He said never having seen a police investigation to be unfounded in the course of which 60 persons have been encountered.
Some time after Mr. Francoeur threw his allegations, it was learned that they had referred to three elected officials ; the current minister Jean-Marc Fournier, who asks for an apology, the former minister Raymond Bachand, who told a few weeks ago the possibility of the sue, and the ex-minister Claude Béchard, who died in 2010.
Yves Francoeur presides over a union that represents about 4500 active police officers and provides services to approximately 4,700 retired members. He is a member of the Board of directors of the union since march 1998.
In a terse statement issued after the SQ had made his decision about it, Yves Francoeur is defined as a whistleblower. The acting administrator of the police Department of the City of Montreal, Martin Prud’homme, has also refused to blame him for having wanted to “denounce a situation”.