Sévi­gny, Pouliot un­der fire af­ter ethics com­plaints

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS - Record Staff

Re­nou­veau Sher­brookois May­oral can­di­date Bernard Sévi­gny and vet­eran As­cot coun­cil­lor Robert Pouliot are both un­der fire from op­po­nents af­ter eth­i­cal ques­tions have been raised.

In­de­pen­dent Sher­brooke may­oral can­di­date Steve Lussier is call­ing on in­cum­bent Mayor Bernard Sévi­gny to with­draw his can­di­dacy for mayor, cit­ing a com­plaint filed by Coun­cil­lor Jean-françois Rouleau with the Com­mis­sion mu­nic­i­pale du Québec.

"Un­der the cir­cum­stances, I re­quest the im­me­di­ate with­drawal of his can­di­dacy for Mayor of Sher­brooke by Mr. Bernard Sévi­gny," Lussier wrote in a pub­lic state­ment.

The com­plaint by Rousseau al­leges that the mayor broke the project man­age­ment rules laid out by the city and the Code of Ethics for elected of­fi­cials when hand­ing out a con­tract for the Well Inc. project without call­ing for ten­ders.

"To­day, I do not like what I just learned.” Lussier said, “My re­quest for a mora­to­rium on [Well Inc.] is now jus­ti­fied. I was con­cerned about the lack of trans­parency in this file, the lack of a busi­ness plan. and the un­usual way in which the con­tracts were set up. I was right and I stood up de­spite the doubts of some peo­ple."

Lussier points out that a part of his plat­form calls for an in depth re­view of the Well Inc. file and that he will bring "the nec­es­sary cor­rec­tive mea­sures so that this project does not be­come a white ele­phant for cit­i­zens" and that he will sup­port "the ren­o­va­tion of the Welling­ton St. South sec­tor, re­spect­ing Sher­brooke cit­i­zens’ ca­pac­ity to pay.

In the mean­time, Re­nou­veau Sher­brookois coun­cil­lor Robert Pouliot is also fac­ing com­plaints at the Com­mis­sion mu­nic­i­pale du Québec filed by may­oral can­di­date De­nis Pel­lerin who in Septem­ber, raised the fact that the vet­eran As­cot's rep­re­sen­ta­tive did not fully dis­close his fi­nan­cial in­ter­est when it comes to Well Inc.'s records or the con­tracts awarded to the busi­ness owned by his sons. Pel­lerin had pre­vi­ously raised these con­cerns about Pouliot's ethics at the Septem­ber 5 city coun­cil meet­ing.

In his com­plaint, Pel­lerin brought up print­ing con­tracts awarded to Bob Pouliot Of­fice Equip­ment (2002) in 2011. He also con­ducts the cen­sus of res­o­lu­tions con­cern­ing Well inc. since 2016.

"I filed my com­plaint be­fore I be­came a can­di­date,” Pel­lerin says. “It's very \Re­nou­veau’ not to de­clare his in­ter­est. I had no­ticed that Mr. Pouliot did not al­ways de­clare his in­ter­est in the file of print­ers sup­plied to the City by his sons' com­pany. With Well Inc., it was too much. He should have de­clared his in­ter­est, not be­cause of the com­pany, but be­cause of the build­ing he owns [and from which he could ben­e­fit from the re­vi­tal­iza­tion of Welling­ton Street South]."

Pel­lerin says he isn’t count­ing on any sanc­tions against Pouliot, say­ing. "I don’t ex­pect much, be­cause I don’t think the de­ci­sion will come out be­fore the elec­tions."

In Septem­ber, Mu­nic­i­pal Clerk Is­abelle Sauvé in­di­cated that the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the law had been ver­i­fied and that. Pouliot was not in a con­flict of in­ter­est and Pouliot said he had no in­ter­est in his sons' busi­ness.”

Pel­lerin also com­plained to the Chief Elec­toral Of­fi­cer fol­low­ing a Face­book pub­li­ca­tion spon­sored by the Sher­brooke Trans­porta­tion Cor­po­ra­tion (STS), which he said was pro­mot­ing can­di­date Bruno Va­chon, who is also pres­i­dent of the STS.

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