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MoP will not recoup McCann legal fees

Chris Lowrey
MUN. OF PONTIAC June 12, 2018
After an extended court battle, the Municipality of Pontiac’s council voted 5-2 against recuperating legal fees from former councillor Eddie McCann.
The municipal council was given a legal opinion by RPGL lawyers who said that in order to successfully recoup McCann’s legal fees, the municipality would have to prove “gross, intentional or separable negligence in the performance of his duties.”
The RPGL lawyers – who also represented the municipality in court against McCann – said that the evidence would not prove this. Additionally, they pointed out that the judge noted that McCann “was not motivated by the intent to deliberately or voluntarily harm or cause a prejudice to the municipality.”
The municipality’s previous council passed a resolution which stated that if McCann lost his court case and the subsequent appeal, the municipality would pursue reimbursement for legal fees.
The total cost of McCann’s legal fees were about $48,000 while the municipality’s costs were around $25,000 for a total of about $74,000.
Municipality of Pontiac Acting Assistant Director General Dominic Labrie said the council was told that the municipality doesn’t have a realistic chance of recuperating the funds.
On top of that, he said that if the municipality took McCann to court and lost, it could cost the municipality an estimated $30,000.
McCann, the municipality’s mayor from 2009-2013, ran in the 2013 mayoral race and lost to former mayor Roger Larose.

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