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Indecency against elected officials |  “You don't get used to it 100%,” says Francois Legault

Indecency against elected officials | “You don't get used to it 100%,” says Francois Legault

People are hard on politicians, says François Legault. In the face of concern over the departure of more municipal officials after the resignation of the mayor of Gatineau, Quebec's premier opened up on Wednesday about his own experience of incivility by certain citizens.


“I invite you to visit my Facebook or press office in Morin-Heights, Laurentians, where he was precisely meeting with local elected officials.

While he says he “get used to” these sometimes derogatory comments, Alliance President Avenir Quebec says in the same breath that “you don't get used to it 100%.” Because of this his wife and children suffer more.

He takes the opportunity to recall his government's latest gesture in this area: providing funds to establish a telephone helpline for municipal elected officials and their families.

“But it is true that we have to make an appeal to everyone now,” he said, adding that he believed there should be “consequences for those who make threats”.

The mayor of Gatineau, Frans Bélisle, resigned on Thursday after denouncing a hostile atmosphere at city hall, which the opposition described as a mischaracterisation.

However, his departure is part of a larger trend, while at least 741 of the 8,000 municipal elected officials have left their posts since 2021. In Quebec, the Liberal Party and Quebec allies also called for a parliamentary committee last week. Role of Municipal Elected Officials.

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