Letter to the editor 2, Jan. 23, 2020
Blood drive backlash II
Here we go again. Having read last week’s story in The Journal, ‘Saint-Lazare councillor expelled from council for two weeks’ I am wondering if I am the only one who sees this as a serious issue. Wasn’t this the same city councillor who was suspended last year by his own colleagues for violent outbursts at the city hall? Isn’t this the same city council who have been accused themselves of bullying to the point that two councillors stepped down? When you read the comments on Facebook attached to last week’s story, or listen to how Mr. Chartrand’s fellow councillor’s responded to his suspension when asked their opinions at the last town meeting, you would be led to believe that somehow Mayor Grimaudo is to blame and that poor Mr. Chartrand was railroaded. However, from what I can ascertain, the Commission municipale du Québec (CMQ) conducted an independent investigation and found Mr. Chartrand (and only Mr. Chartrand) guilty of having a conflict of interest.
It is not really that surprising that political rivals of the mayor would try to fabricate their own version of this story to excuse the continued bad behaviour of one of their own. What is surprising is that they would be so blatantly obvious that their opinions are driven only by their politics. To quote a great man, “Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” (John F. Kennedy). So on that note, this is my opinion – Mr. Chartrand was wrong. He was found to be wrong by an independent investigator. He seems incapable of admitting he was wrong and thus sadly will likely never learn from his mistake(s). Too bad this isn’t baseball… there would only be one strike left for this group. I expect more from my elected officials. Jennifer J. Gibson