Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Rights and Democracy: the legal has landed

Charles Vallerand, Razmik Panossian and Marie-France Cloutier, three managers fired by the Braun Gang earlier this year, are suing Rights and Democracy:

The plaintiffs claim board members asked them to change past board minutes, interrogated Panossian about his ethnic origin and harassed Mr. Beauregard at every turn.

"The board members created an atmosphere of paranoia and suspicion," the court documents say. It calls the dismissals a "purge" and says they were "political in nature, contrary to the Canadian and Quebec Charters of Rights and Freedoms and were clearly made in bad faith."

As noted in the article, the Gang of Seven has spent close to $400,000 since the untimely death of Rémy Beauregard, who was R&D's President at the time, this past January. The sin of the managers appears to have been their strong support for the President. And they paid the price for their loyalty.

The NDP's foreign affairs critic, Paul Dewar, called it "a spending binge to go after people." The new President, Gérard Latulippe, has stated that $66,000 was spent specifically to hire SIRCO, a private detective agency, to investigate the three managers.

Discovery ought to be interesting, to say the least.

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