Former ba­ton­niere clashes with le­gal group

Montreal Gazette - - CITY -

An­other clash has oc­curred be­tween lawyer Lu Chan Khuong and the Bar­reau du Québec, the prov­ince’s pro­fes­sional or­der of lawyers that Khuong briefly headed and hopes to lead again.

Khuong al­leges Bar­reau ad­min­is­tra­tors il­le­gally prof­ited from an in­crease in at­ten­dance fees to­talling $500,000 and on Thurs­day called upon Que­bec Jus­tice Min­is­ter Stephanie Val­lée to in­ter­vene. Khuong’s claim comes in the mid­dle of an elec­tion for the post of ba­ton­niere — chief spokesper­son for the or­der — that pits her against in­cum­bent Clau­dia P. Pré­mont and can­di­date Paul-Matthieu Grondin.

Ac­cord­ing to Khuong, the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tors of the Bar­reau il­le­gally in­creased the level of at­ten­dance fees paid to them for par­tic­i­pat­ing in meet­ings of the as­so­ci­a­tion from $300 to $800 with­out the re­quired change in reg­u­la­tions.

Speak­ing to re­porters at a press con­fer­ence in Que­bec City, Khuong con­tended that be­tween 2015 and 2017, the ad­min­is­tra­tors were over­paid by $501,000 and called upon Val­lée to in­ves­ti­gate. She also claimed that mem­bers of the Bar­reau no longer have con­fi­dence in the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Khuong’s hus­band, Marc Belle­mare, has al­ready sent a le­gal no­tice to the Bar­reau con­cern­ing the sums. The Bar­reau was briefly headed by Khuong be­fore she re­signed in 2015 fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of shoplift­ing.

Lu Chan Khuong

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