After her chief of staff last week, now Sue Montgomery is suing Mayor Valérie Plante and the City of Montreal, claiming $ 120,000 for damage to her reputation and defamation.
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With the filing of this other legal action, a new milestone has been added to this saga between the two women which began in 2019, and far from over.
In her petition filed with the Montreal courthouse, the mayor of the Côte-des-Neiges — Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough, Sue Montgomery, affirms that she has been portrayed in the eyes of the public as “solely responsible of a toxic climate within her borough ”, when she was expelled from the Projet Montréal party by Mayor Plante.
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This lawsuit is filed a week after the one totaling $ 186,125 of the former chief of staff of Ms. Montgomery for similar reasons, Annalisa Harris.
The Comptroller General of the City, Alain Bond, is also targeted by the two appeals.
An internal City Human Resources investigation concluded that Ms. Harris had engaged in “psychological harassment” against two city employees.
Measures were then put in place in December 2019, in particular by preventing the chief of staff from communicating with district officials.
A month later during a meeting, it was recommended that the latter be fired.
Shortly after, Valérie Plante announced that she was ejecting Borough Mayor Sue Montgomery from her party, near that The newspaper revealed that the chief of staff was the subject of a report.
Ms. Montgomery refused to fire her because she had not been able to see the full contents of the investigation report, but only the recommendations.
«[Elle] cannot act and take drastic measures only based on conclusions that have been reported to it without knowing the facts, ”argues the prosecution.
It is added that Mayor Plante committed “several faults” and “misled the public” by reproaching Ms. Montgomery for not having dismissed her chief of staff.
The mayor of the Côte-des-Neiges — Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough is therefore claiming $ 120,000 in damages and for the damage to her reputation in this whole affair.
Last week, Ms. Plante’s team said the City “would have hoped for judicial peace” for the benefit of all parties, but Ms. Harris’ appeal will be challenged.
“Unfortunately, Ms. Harris and Ms. Montgomery have chosen to increase legal remedies. These are the citizens of the CDN-NDG borough [Côte-Des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce] who are paying the price for this strategy, ”Geneviève Jutras, press secretary to the mayoress, indicated by email.
The Journal still had no reaction to this second lawsuit, at the time of posting.
Remember that Annalisa Harris is running for election this fall in the new party founded by Sue Montgomery.