The unions representing the Mont-Tremblant police officers filed on Wednesday a legal action to try to block the abolition of the police force of the municipality of the Laurentians, authorized last week.
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The Fraternité des policières de la Ville de Mont-Tremblant (FPMTT) and the Federation of municipal police officers of Quebec (FPMQ) have joined forces, with the help of a few citizens, to file a request to institute proceedings and a request for a safeguard order to save the police force.
Last Wednesday, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Security, Geneviève Guilbault, authorized Mont-Tremblant to dissolve its municipal police force to turn to the services of the Sûreté du Québec, thus opening a new chapter in the labor dispute opposing the City to its police officers.
“It is obvious to us that the Minister’s decision is based on falsehoods that have never been proven. Obviously, Ms. Guilbault was taken by boat by the two mayors [de Mont-Tremblant et Lac-Tremblant-Nord]», Judge the president of the FPMQ, François Lemay.
The unions will be represented by Me Denis Gallant, well known for his participation in the Charbonneau Commission and for having been CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers and Inspector General of the City of Montreal.
The two organizations also stressed that the dissolution goes against the recourse brought before the Administrative Labor Court, where the FPMTT seeks to invalidate the request for authorization to abolish the police force.
The Brotherhood believes that the City is seeking to ax its police department as a trade union retaliatory measure.
It must be said that the conflict between the mayor of Mont-Tremblant, Luc Brisebois, and his police service has been going on for years.
Mr. Brisebois, for his part, estimates that the abolition of the police service will save $ 2 million per year, without affecting the quality of services.