Yves Francoeur refuses to apologize for his allegations of traffic of influence
MAXIME DELAND/QMI AGENCY
Thursday, December 21, 2017 09:20
Thursday, December 21, 2017 09:24
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Not only the president of the Brotherhood of police of Montreal, Yves Francoeur, refuses to apologize for his allegations of influence-peddling involving the provincial Liberals that a police investigation was subsequently judged to be unfounded, but he still believes that there is eel under rock.
“I will deny no allegations that I said to you, I say to you that my sources are credible, that it was my duty to do what I have done,” he mentioned to the micro de Paul Arcand on 98.5 FM, on Thursday morning, in its first public release since the conclusion of the investigation into his allegations.
“We speak of absence of reasonable grounds to believe a criminal offence, he added. I have rarely seen a police investigation which would be based on a statement based on sources that are not credible, but where it has met with 60 witnesses. Me, I’ve never seen it”.
“It was my duty to do what I’ve done. I acted as the ringer alert. I would do the same thing, I am in good faith. I will not make excuses for doing my job in good faith,” he said, claiming that to bring forward some of the folders, it is necessary to alert the media.
Yves Francoeur has emphasized to have six credible sources are different and some did not know each other probably not.
He won’t resign as demanded by some as the mayor of Quebec city Régis Labeaume.
Even if the head of the Brotherhood of the police had never mentioned the name when he had launched the allegations last spring, some elected officials and former liberal politicians felt clearly referred to as the liberal minister Jean-Marc Fournier, who called for an apology from his part, on Tuesday.
Also flayed by the allegations of Yves Francoeur, the Director of criminal and penal prosecutions (DPCP) had even described the situation as “regrettable” in a statement.
“When innuendo without basis are made for us, they are undermining not only public confidence in the institution of the DPCP, but throw discredit on the whole system of justice. This creates an unhealthy climate of suspicion which is unacceptable”, had told Me Annick Murphy, director of the DPCP, Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the Sûreté du Québec, has explained through a press that”the result of the analysis of all the elements, the mixed team came to the conclusion that there is no evidence any fraud or influence peddling. As a result, there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a criminal offence has been committed by anyone.”
The mixed team was comprised of officers and investigators from the Sûreté du Québec, the royal Canadian mounted police and police services, Quebec, Laval, and Longueuil.