Demers wins court ruling on eligibility

By Robert Frank

“Time to turn the page,” was the watchword last week for friend and foe alike, after a court ruled, Dec. 17, that Mayor Marc Demers was indeed eligible to run in last November’s municipal election.

“For all of 2014 the legal battle of whether the mayor was eligible or not was a monkey on our back and on all citizens’ backs,” Laval executive committee vice-chair told The Suburban in welcoming the decision. “Obviously the mayor of Laval was within his rights to run for mayor.”

But while that chapter closed in time for Christmas, a new chapter might open next month, if Jacques Foucher, who filed the lawsuit, appeals the decision.

Foucher’s beef is that the municipal elections act currently requires Elections Quebec to take candidates on their word that they’re eligible.

Chomedey Councillor Aglaïa Revelakis, who leads the Action Laval opposition caucus on city council told The Suburban that, “We will have time during the Christmas holidays to reflect and assess what else is to be done, based on our discussions with our lawyers.

“In the meantime we will, of course, respect the judgment of the court and we have to move on,” she said in an interview. “We have to move forward for all Laval citizens.”
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