Brownsburg-Chatham Mayor Catherine Trickey is denying a Montréal newspaper report that she tried to have the legs of a citizen and political adversary broken.
The mayor was questioned by investigators at the Lachute Sûreté du Québec (SQ) station on May 20, after former councillor Martin Charron, who frequently opposes Trickey, told investigators he had received information indicating that she wanted to “break his legs.”
Trickey has not been charged. The story was first reported by French-language news organizations Le Journal de Montréal and the TVA network.
According to the Journal de Montréal report, the allegations stem from Trickey giving $2,000 to Réjean Dunn. The payment was later interpreted as a payment related to the mayor’s alleged comment about wanting to injure Charron. However, Trickey said in an interview with The Review on Wednesday, May 26, that she had loaned the money to Dunn because he needed to pay for car repairs. The mayor said Dunn also did excavation work on her property.
Trickey said she was shocked by the allegations and added she was technically under arrest when questioned by police. She said police did not move quickly to question her and that when she first heard of the allegations, she contacted the SQ and was informed that her appointment for questioning would be a week later, because officers were already occupied with other police matters.
The crown attorney’s office is investigating the allegations to determine if charges will be formally issued. Trickey said on May 26 that she had not hired a lawyer to represent her, because she does not believe a formal legal case will develop.
“I don’t lie, and I trust the truth will come out,” the mayor told The Review.
Charron served on Brownsburg-Chatham council until 2017. He ran for mayor in that year’s election but lost to Trickey. They have frequently had angry exchanges during question periods at council meetings since.
In a conversation with The Review on May 26, Charron said he had received the information from Dunn that led to Trickey being questioned by the SQ. Charron said he contacted the police after receiving the information. He insisted there is proof to substantiate the allegations.
Charron said he is not planning to return to municipal politics and will not be seeking office in this November’s election. He said he prefers to focus his local political activities of ensuring tax dollars are properly managed and that citizens are treated fairly.
Due to the ongoing investigation, Trickey has delegated all of her official responsibilities to Councillor Kévin Maurice.
“I have not resigned as mayor,” she said.
In the meantime, Trickey has returned her key to the town hall and will not be presiding over council meetings or attending as Brownsburg-Chatham’s representative on the MRC d’Argenteuil council.