Superior Court rules in favor of Sue Montgomery

The Superior Court on Friday quashed two decisions rendered by the Commission municipale du Québec (CMQ) with regard to Sue Montgomery, former mayor of the borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, concerning breaches to ethics and a citation in deontology.

Posted at 9:00 a.m.

Florence Morin Martel

Florence Morin Martel
The Press

In his decision, Judge Alexander Pless considers that there were “breaches of procedural fairness”. Sue Montgomery maintained that the Commission municipale du Québec had “not acted independently of the complainant, the City of Montreal”.

Last July, Montgomery had been sentenced to a 120-day suspension without pay for 11 ethical breaches, according to the CMQ. The former mayor had obtained a reprieve, pending a judge to consider her appeal against this decision.

Among the breaches of ethics for which she was accused, the Commission considered, among other things, that she had failed to maintain a work climate “free from harassment” among the employees of her borough. The decision judged that she had engaged in a power struggle and had lacked respect for the borough director and City employees.

In January 2020, Montgomery had been excluded from the caucus of Projet Montréal, after having refused to apply the recommendations of the comptroller general in a file of psychological harassment. She founded the Courage party in the elections last November, but she was not re-elected.

With the collaboration of Isabelle Ducas, The Press

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