Letter to the editor 1, April 18, 2019

Feedback from Saint-Lazare councillors

Dear Editor,

The recent resignation of Pamela Tremblay from town council, which has been highly publicized in the media, is very unfortunate. Since the municipal elections in 2017, there has been a clear division of opinion on council with Ms. Tremblay often finding herself alone in her decisions. Although town caucus meetings can get highly animated at times when people are passionately defending their opinions, these discussions do not include any personal attacks nor deliberate isolation against any one councillor. The fact that Ms. Tremblay felt that, unlike the previous council, she had little influence within this current council was more than likely a great source of frustration for her. The decision for Ms. Tremblay to resign was a surprise to council but we do respect her choice to leave her duties as councillor.

With respect to the District 5 councillor, Richard Chartrand, since he met all the conditions set by the Council for his reintegration, it was decided by a majority to reinstate him immediately so that he could resume his duties at full capacity.

The Saint-Lazare council would like to reassure the population that although there have been resignations amongst council in the last two months, we are still moving ahead with our duties and functioning as normal as possible considering the recent events. We are looking forward to the upcoming June by-elections in District 2 and 3 and the integration of the two new councillors in a more harmonious atmosphere so that we can better focus our full attention on doing the job we were elected to do.

Genevieve Lachance, Councillor – District 1

Michel Poitras, Councillor – District 4

Richard Chartrand, Councilor – District 5

Brian Trainor, Councillor – District 6

Saint-Lazare

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