Oh my. Politicians “influenced” by developers. What’s next?
The lawyer also announced a complaint has been lodged with the Quebec Lobbying Commissioner for improper lobbying activity undertaken by Grilli.
The complaint alleges the owner of the company, Jean-Pierre Grilli, influenced Pierrefonds-Roxboro’s elected officials to kick start the residential development of the borough’s western territory without subscribing to Quebec’s Lobbyist Register.
The complaint, which was made public, also alleges Grilli Developpement hired a lobby-consultant that once represented the city of Montreal on Pierrefonds West project.
The letter suggests David Cliche of ACB Consultants failed to declare he made the switch over to the private sector on the sensitive development issue in an apparent conflict of interest – three years after a municipal mandate to begin the process of lobbying for the conservation and development planning for Pierrefonds West.
“There are rules in place. Lobbyists must respect the rules. The rules of ethics were not followed from what we can see,” according to Hrtschan.
The legal proceedings will be made possible courtesy of the Legacy Project, which helps raise funds for environmental matters.
Grilli, Cliche, and the mayor of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Jim Beis, didn’t respond to the Chronicle’s request for an interview.