LMG Council Suspends Councillor Cathy Martin for Serious Breach of LMG Code of Conduct

November 14, 2017 (Listuguj, Gespe’gawa’gi) – On November 7th, 2017, the Council, while in session, took the decision via OIC to suspend Councillor Cathy Martin for breach of several provisions of the LMG Code of Conduct.

Councillor Cathy Martin was reprimanded by LMG Council because she posted a video of herself on social media during which she publicly disclosed inaccurate information in a clear and deliberate attempt to discredit, in the eyes of LMG’s membership, the existing business partnership between LMG and Zenabis regarding a medical cannabis facility project planned in the province of New-Brunswick in which LMG invested 3,000,000.00$. Furthermore, she refused or omitted to remove the said video from the said social media even after having been notified to do so at least in two separate occasions.

Considering the importance of the investment in the Zenabis project and the potential prejudice that LMG and its membership could suffer as a result of her actions and omissions, the Council reached the conclusion that Councillor Cathy Martin chose to ignore her duties and responsibilities as an elected representative of the Listuguj membership by breaching several provisions of the Code of Conduct that she was supposed to comply with at all time.

In this context, the Council decided to reprimand Councillor Cathy Martin for breaching paragraphs 3.1.1 (a) and (b), 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 3.1.4, 3.1.5, 3.4.2 and 3.4.3 of the LMG Code of Conduct as follows: “A three (3)-month suspension with no access to Council meetings, with no remuneration pertaining to Cathy Martin Councillor’s duties and no reimbursement of any travel expense during the suspension. Furthermore, Councillor Martin will (1) post a public statement in which she will apologize for her wrongdoing and (2) remove her video from Facebook or any other social media. Failure to comply with both conditions will result in the extension of the suspension until such time that the said conditions are met”.

“This decision was not easy to take but was necessary to make sure that our Code of Conduct is respected by each Council Member” said Chief Darcy Gray. “We recently adopted this Code of Conduct because the membership wanted to have more accountability from our Council. This is a clear example that the rules we imposed ourselves are being enforced for the best interest of our community” he added.

Additional Resources

http://www.listuguj.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/07-19-2017-Code-of-Conduct-and-Conflict-of-Interest-Policy-C-and-C.pdf

http://www.listuguj.ca/community-update-zenabis/

For more information on the suspension of Councillor Cathy Martin, please contact:

Chief Darcy Gray, chiefdarcy.gray@listuguj.ca (418) 788-2136

Mike Isaac, Communications Manager, misaac@listuguj.ca (418) 788-2136