Councilors ordered to apoligize


By Marianne Curtis

   The RM of La Broquerie has paid a lawyer to request that two councilors apologize for comments allegedly made to the media and ombudsman.

   Councilors Wilfred Chabot and Jean Gagnon have both received letters from the RM of La Broquerie’s lawyer demanding that they apologize to council, the public and the Ombudsman for questioning the integrity of council and the Office of the Ombudsman.

   The RM of La Broquerie council hired a lawyer to send the letters to both councilors based on information disclosed at a public meeting back in May. At that meeting the municipality’s former administrator presented the public accounts committee with a concerning list of allegations. The submission also suggested that Chabot and Gagnon both sent submissions to the ombudsman’s office which allege that the municipal council knowingly tampered with documents before providing them to investigators.

   Last month the municipality passed a resolution to censure Gagnon after he refused to comment publicly to media about the contents of the investigation’s report that was released by his council.

   “I did not want to compromise the investigation because we still needed to respond to it,” Gagnon explained. “They (council) are trying to shut me up but I am not going to stop telling the truth.”

   He admits that he did contact the ombudsman during the investigation but said that he cannot recall what he wrote.

   “There is no way that anyone other than the ombudsman knows what I wrote,” added Gagnon. “What bothers me is that with all the allegations in that submission, this is the only issue that council has officially denied.”

   Reeve Marielle Wiebe has admitted to media that she was unaware of the actual contents of Gagnon’s correspondence.

   There are a number of investigations still underway pertaining to the damaging submission made by the RM of La Broquerie’s former administrator back in May.

   Steinbach RCMP detachment head Staff Sergeant Davy Lee confirmed the existence of three ongoing investigations, including the alleged missing gun, surveillance cameras and gravel theft.

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