By Jack Wilson
Local Journalism Initiative
“There are people who lied, who pushed me to resign and I’m the one experiencing the collateral damage the most,” Sherbrooke councillor Marc Denault told The Record days after his Jan. 23 resignation as president of the Société de transport de Sherbrooke (STS).
Denault, who had held his position for 10 years and worked as STS vice president for four years before that, said he resigned after Sherbrooke Mayor Évelyne Beaudin’s office excluded him from a meeting with provincial Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility Geneviève Guilbault. Denault said the mayor’s chief of staff, Steve Roy, told him Guilbault’s office chose to exclude him from the meeting.
The minister, for her part, said her office had no role in keeping Denault from attending. “In no case did I or my team say that we didn’t want Mr. Denault to attend,” Guilbault said in a Jan. 25 interview with 107.7 Estrie’s Martin Pelletier. “It’s up to [the mayor’s] discretion to invite who she wishes,” she said.