Ancienne-Lorette: Mayor Loranger Withdraws Guilty Plea
The Mayor of L’Ancienne-Lorette, Émile Loranger, wants to withdraw his plea of guilty. He believes that the conduct of the Commission municipale du Québec has helped to put him on trial in the public square.
The Mayor has filed a motion for a stay of proceedings following his guilty plea on July 9th on reduced charges for violating the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct of the Commission municipale du Québec.
The alleged deficiencies of the mayor of L’Ancienne-Lorette are related to a complaint of psychological harassment filed by his former head of office, Marie-Ève Lemay. At the municipal council on December 11, 2018, he voted against a proposal, calling for an investigation by the Commission municipale (CMQ) into his actions, placing him in a situation of conflict of interest.
Today, Mr. Loranger accuses the CMQ of having made public the verbatim of his statement made to the investigator in February. In particular, the media revealed that Mr. Loranger was accusing the City Clerk of improperly advising him on the evening of the vote, allowing him to participate in the proceedings.
“This dissemination or publication of elements of a potential evidence without the agreement of Mr. Loranger and even without his knowledge vitiates the integrity of the process contrary to the rule of fair play, thus taking the risk that the administrative judge is contaminated “, His lawyer wrote in the request obtained by Le Soleil.
According to his attorney, this disclosure runs counter to Mr. Loranger’s fundamental rights and the CMQ’s disclosure rules. In summary, he argues that it should never have been made public when it was not put in evidence in court because it pleaded guilty without trial.
“This disclosure not only contravenes the fairness of the judicial process, but occurred while the administrative judge took the case under advisement with respect to the penalty… It follows that the prosecutor has engaged in conduct that compromises the fairness of the trial and conduct that undermines the integrity of the judicial process itself, “reads the petition.