Three weeks in the South for business

A city councilor from the Laurentians allowed himself a three-week trip to the West Indies to go and supervise the progress of a project at one of his companies.

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Estérel city councilor Stefan Tremblay returned from a three-week stay in Saint-Martin last Sunday.

“The purpose of my trip was [pour] business. I had to meet my local partner and our lawyer and real estate agent, “explained to Newspaper Mr. Tremblay, owner of Unidev, a company based in Saint-Martin which holds shares in a real estate project there.

He claims to have since quarantined himself at home.

Preferring to respond by email after a brief conversation, Mr. Tremblay adds that “the technical site visit required his presence” without going into further detail or explaining why it was impossible to do this by videoconference.

This is reminiscent of the trips of several of the country’s elected officials who made the headlines. Let us quote in particular those of the deputies of Quebec, Pierre Arcand and Youri Chassin.

Mr. Arcand, who had taken a vacation, was reprimanded.

Lack of ethics

An ethics specialist, René Villemure does not understand that elected officials are still traveling after the episode of deputy Arcand.

“Here, the elected official failed to comply. A business trip helps, but I don’t think it’s essential. People find it difficult to tell the two apart. An elected official, regardless of the level, must be exemplary, ”says Mr. Villemure.

Authorities are asking to postpone all non-essential travel due to the pandemic.

“I don’t want to comment on his trip, because I’m missing details […]. We are bending over backwards to educate the public about COVID-19 and we take it very seriously. I prefer that the world, citizens and elected officials, not travel and respect the instructions, “said the mayor of Estérel, Joseph Dydzak.

Global Affairs Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada declined to comment on the definition of essential travel.

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