Saint-Jérôme should review the code of ethics for elected officials and the legal acts taken by its deposed mayor after his conviction for fraudulent electoral maneuvers.
This is what believes the observer of the Commission municipale du Québec (CMQ), mandated by the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Andrée Laforest, who went to Saint-Jérôme to ensure that the guilty judgment against Stéphane Maher had no effect on the proper execution of laws.
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In her observation report, Sylvie Piérard believes that the City of Saint-Jérôme should:
- Amend the by-law concerning its code of ethics and professional conduct for elected officials in order to introduce a rule relating to respect;
- Set the end date of Stéphane Maher’s term of office at December 31, 2020, review the legal acts taken by the latter and no longer remunerate him after this date
We learn in the document that Mr. Maher continued to exercise part of his role as mayor until February 1. Even though he no longer appeared at city council meetings, he continued to chair the executive committee and perform legal acts such as signing notarial deeds.
“My priority [en mandatant une observatrice de la CMQ] was to maintain the confidence of citizens in elected municipal officials and the municipal administration. Now, I believe that we must go further to tighten up certain rules applicable to elected municipal officials in matters of ethics and professional conduct. It is with this in mind that I tabled Bill 49 in the National Assembly. Moreover, the CMQ observer highlighted this observation in her recommendations. Also, I would like to salute the work of elected officials and employees of the City of Saint-Jérôme and the MRC de La Rivière-du-Nord, who have had to juggle with a particular context in recent months ”, commented Minister Laforest in a press release.
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