Former UPAC number 2 Marcel Forget says he was given three minutes by a government representative to resign from his post on the day of the publication of an article on him in November 2017.
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“You have three minutes to resign. […] If you do not resign, you will be fired, ”André Fortier, former secretary general associated with senior jobs, an entity of the Executive Council of the Government of Quebec, allegedly told him on the morning of November 30.
This is what Marcel Forget related yesterday, during an extremely emotional testimony at the Montreal courthouse. The witness had to stop several times to cry for a long time.
“It’s shameful to be here crying like a child,” he regretted at one point. I have been demolished, I have been destroyed, ”he continued.
Forget is suing the Quebec government for $ 2 million for what he considers to be an illegal dismissal. In the weeks preceding André Fortier’s ultimatum, Marcel Forget had already been met twice in Quebec to explain himself about reports published by our Bureau of Investigation.
More confidence in him
“We hear too much about you. […] The bond of trust is shaken, Fortier reportedly told him. In the worst cases of organized crime, I have never had that pressure, ”Forget assured.
A third report seemed to be the straw that broke the camel’s back. Our Bureau of Investigation gave new details on Forget’s role in the sale of shares in the Newtech company, even though he did not hold a permit from the Autorité des marchés financiers. It was in this context that he was asked to choose between resignation and dismissal.
Marcel Forget, however, categorically denies having agreed to resign following Fortier’s call on the morning of November 30. Earlier in the day, the boss of UPAC, Robert Lafrenière had also told him not to worry, during a call described as a “phone hug”.
Despite everything, around 11 am, the Minister of Public Security, Martin Coiteux, declared to the media that he had been “informed” of Forget’s resignation.
“Welcome to politics. You’re young, you’re going to get back to work, ”Lafrenière would have told him, during a second call. At noon, broken, Forget admitted to having agreed to sign a letter of resignation. “Everyone was shouting at me, it was over. […] “, He blurted out.