Barreau du Québec closes file on complaint against Fischer
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Hudson resident and lawyer Véronique Fischer was recently told by the Barreau du Québec that the disciplinary complaint lodged against her last year by the Town of Hudson will not be pursued by the organization and that the file is now closed.
Seven months after a complaint was lodged by the Town of Hudson with the Barreau du Québec against the actions of resident and lawyer Véronique Fischer, the law society has reached a decision. A copy of a letter issued by the Barreau to Fischer and obtained by The Journal states, in part, “I wish to inform you that my investigation is over and that I will not file a disciplinary complaint against you before the Disciplinary Council of the Barreau du Québec.
Subject to the right of the Town of Hudson to request a review of this decision, a copy of which is attached, you may consider this file closed.” The letter is signed by Barreau member Marie-Claude Thibault.
As reported June 15, 2017, a 30-page document printed on Hudson letterhead was emailed to the Bureau du Syndic listing what it cited as examples of breaches on the part of Fischer including bad faith, intimidation, and a, “…lack of independence and integrity in contravention of the Code of Conduct for Lawyers.”
The complaint further accused Fischer of, “… waging guerilla warfare against the town administration and is on a personal mission aimed at harming the town.”
Fischer has been a vocal critic on a number of council issues including unilingual French documents being presented at town meetings, questions on legal expenses incurred by administration, and raised the ire of the previous council for printing and distributing a pamphlet to citizens to protest the loan By-law 687-2017 in relation to expenses for the Community Centre. The latter, in particular, was cited by the town as being misleading as it contained a copy of the official Town of Hudson logo.
Fischer also acted as legal counsel for former Director General Catherine Haulard who launched a wrongful dismissal case against the town in 2015 following an unpaid two-week suspension from her position to which she opted not to return.
The Commission des relations du travail ruled in favour of the town June 26, 2017, finding Haulard’s accusations of disguised dismissal and retaliatory measures unfounded.
Fishcher declined The Journal’s request for comment on the Barreau’s letter.
Current Hudson Director General Jean-Pierre Roy said while the town reserves the right to appeal the investigation’s findings, he has recommended that council moves on rather than incur more legal costs.
“We’ve done our duty and we’ve been responsible,” said Roy. “The town is not vengeful. We’re not against our citizens.”
As of press time, Mayor Jamie Nicholls did not respond to numerous requests for comment.