Two days after the MRC Pontiac meeting, it now seems clear that the vote of the deputy mayor of Île-du-Grand-Calumet, Alice Meilleur-Pieschke, counted and was in order. Some defenders of the bio-park resolution, including the mayor of Litchfield, Colleen Larivière, had questioned the legitimacy of Ms. Meilleur-Pieschke, asking for proof authorizing her to represent the absent mayor Serge Newberry. The Director General of the MRC Pontiac, Bernard Roy, therefore had to seek legal advice.
According to Bernard Roy, the legal opinion obtained explains that nothing authorizes the MRC to take away Ms. Meilleur-Pieschke’s right to vote.
"We have not identified any element in the law, case law, or in the policies and practices of the MRC Pontiac, which authorizes us to withdraw the rights and privileges of a duly appointed substitute mayor who acts in replacement of the mayor, in particular during a vote by the regional council of the MRC ”affirmed the Director General of the MRC Pontiac, Bernard Roy.
This means that last Wednesday’s vote remains and that the resolution on the bio-park is rejected.
"Therefore, the vote on the support proposal for the bio-park project during the extraordinary council meeting held on February 3, 2021 includes the vote of the deputy mayor of Île-de-Grand-Calumet. The final result is 9 votes in favor and 9 votes against. The resolution is therefore rejected ”declared Bernard Roy.
In addition, Bernard Roy specified that the MRC Pontiac has obtained proof of the legitimacy of Ms. Meilleur-Pieschke to replace the mayor of Île-du-Grand-Calumet, Serge Newberry.
“We have obtained a copy of resolution no. 2020-63 adopted in April 2020 by the council of the Municipality of Île-du-Grand-Calumet, which designates Ms. Alice Pieschke deputy mayor "mentioned the Director General of the MRC Pontiac, Bernard Roy.
For her part, the Warden of the MRC Pontiac, Jane Toller, agreed to make a statement to CHIP 101.9. She confirmed the words of Bernard Roy. She also said she wanted to reassure elected officials who voted in favor of the resolution, by affirming that all businesses were welcome to settle in the Pontiac. Jane Toller hinted that in the next discussions concerning the economic revival of the Pontiac, the Energy from waste project would be addressed.