The Municipal Commission is investigating Rivière-du-Loup

La Commission municipale enquire Rivière -du-Loup

The granting of a permit for the Medway Group construction project will be at the heart of the Municipal Commission's investigation.

The Commission municipale du Québec (CMQ) will investigate the administration of the City of Rivière-du-Loup. She would like to know the process that led to the granting of a permit for the Medway Group construction project on Saint-Louis Street.

The CMQ's Municipal Integrity Investigations and Prosecutions Department opened its own investigation one month after the City launched the external audit it commissioned to look into the behavior of certain municipal employees in the file. of the Medway project.

This external verification has been suspended in order to let the CMQ conduct its investigation.

We will withdraw, we will let them do their job and we will wait for the conclusions. […] The Municipal Commission is an important organization, it is a serious organization. They will do the job they have to do. We are going to submit to that and we are going to collaborate fully with them, said Mayor Mario Bastille on the sidelines of the city council on Tuesday evening.

This is a report of the independent media Pivot, in which it was revealed that City employees had allegedly worked with Medway even before a permit was issued, which had pushed the administration municipality to mandate an independent firm to investigate its practices.

“It is important to me and to the board members to be fully transparent and to get to the bottom of things,” writes the mayor of Rivière-du-Loup, Mario Bastille. (File photo)

Employees also allegedly worked with the promoter before his representative was entered into the Registry of Lobbyists, Pivot reported, based on emails obtained through the Access to Information Act. information.

As part of this investigation, we will verify whether there has been any wrongdoing or breach of ethics on the part of City officials, said CMQ spokesperson Isabelle Rivoal.

I reiterate my full confidence in the municipal team, said Mayor Mario Bastille. We want to demonstrate that all the people who have come close or far around this file have always acted in good faith.

The Medway construction site in Rivière-du-Loup

This is a new twist in the dossier of this real estate project in Louperivois. In particular, it was the subject of strong citizen protests, whether about the noise emanating from the construction site, the zoning change or a permit to demolish a residence to make way for the building of nine floors.

Medway is studying traffic on Saint-Louis Street