Martin Prud’homme, who was suspended as head of the Quebec provincial police final 12 months, says he is been unfairly focused by investigations into an alleged moral breach.
In a collection of interviews Friday morning, he stated the federal government has now tasked its Fee de la fonction publique, a provincial oversight company, to look into firing him and known as it a part of a “fishing expedition.”
Public Safety Minister Geneviève Guilbault stated at a information convention hours later the fee should decide whether or not Prud’homme’s actions warrant dismissal or a suspensions with out pay.
“That is simply the subsequent step within the course of,” Guilbault stated. “It is an uncommon course of however the breach that was dedicated was severe sufficient to result in an evaluation by the fee.”
Guilbault stated she could not go into specifics about what led to his suspension, however that if Prud’homme consents to sharing particulars concerning the tribunal, the federal government will agree to creating them public.
Prud’homme was eliminated as director of the Sûreté du Québec in 2019, for committing a potential moral breach associated to leaks of knowledge at Quebec‘s anti-corruption unit, UPAC.
Prud’homme instructed Radio-Canada’s Tout un matin the moral breach in query concerned a 2017 telephone name he made to Quebec‘s lead prosecutor, Annick Murphy, the Director of Prison and Penal Prosecutions.
He did not say what was stated on the decision, however he complained prosecutors had been gossiping about his relationships with former police officer and present Liberal Celebration MNA, Man Ouellette, and his father-in-law, Robert Lafrenière, who was heading UPAC on the time.
Prud’homme stated he was well mannered with Murphy regardless of it being a heated dialog, however that she made a criticism concerning the telephone name 16 months later.
On the time, Quebec‘s anti-corruption squad was underneath scrutiny as a result of the actual fact it was investigating ex-premier Jean Charest and Liberal fundraiser Marc Bibeau was leaked to media.
Ouellette was arrested by UPAC in October 2017 and believed to be accountable for the leaks. He was by no means charged.
Prud’homme stated it is now clear to him Murphy believed he was making an attempt to intervene with the case. In truth, he stated, he was making an attempt to denounce rumours about his involvement amongst each law enforcement officials working underneath him and prosecutors working underneath her.
“I noticed we weren’t on the identical web page,” he stated, calling it a “scorching potato” now within the authorities’s arms following her criticism.
Quebec‘s bureau of unbiased investigations, recognized by its French acronym, BEI, led the investigation into Prud’homme’s potential involvement with the leaks.
“I used to be handled like a prison,” Prud’homme stated on Tout un matin.
It took greater than a 12 months for investigators to tell him concerning the motive he was suspended, he stated.
In an interview with La Presse, which first reported his feedback, Prud’homme stated he was unfairly focused in his suspension due to his friendship with Ouellette.
He stated he was by no means given the means to defend himself correctly and that the federal government merely desires to finish his 32-year-career in public service.
Prud’homme was not way back touted for his management and managerial expertise. In 2017, he was tapped as interim chief of Montreal police for a 12 months to reform the group’s tradition.
As director of the Sûreté du Québec, Prud’homme is employed by the Nationwide Meeting and its members. Solely they, with the premier’s approval, can vote to fireplace him, Guilbault defined Friday.