A petition demanding the resignation of mayor Serge Newberry will be tabled tonight (Monday July 13) during the municipal council meeting in l’Île-du-Grand-Calumet. According to information obtained by CHIP 101.9, this petition, which has collected approximately 340 signatures, was largely collected by the residents who had organized a parade in the streets of L’Île-du-Grand-Calumet in May, demanding once more the resignation of Mayor Newberry.
Tonight, the municipal meeting will be opening for the first time in months to the public, however according to the measures surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, only a maximum of 50 residents will be allowed to enter.
People calling for the resignation of Serge Newberry say they are dissatisfied with the mayor’s governance of the municipality, following several allegations of misconduct that have occurred since his election, including allegations of a physical altercation with counselor Réjean Meilleur, the many changes in general management, the miss-management of the municipal office, the lack of transparency on the council, as well as the Iles Lafontaine File among others.
Serge Newberry has also publicly promised to give his version of the facts following the alleged assault of Councilor Réjean Meilleur. As of today, no details have been made public on behalf of Mayor Newberry, who had recently left on sick leave, and has since returned to the position of mayor.
In the 2017 municipal election, a total of 425 residents voted, Serge Newberry was therefore elected with just under 34% of the vote, with a total of 144 votes.