Sparks fly between Denis Coderre and councillor Jeremy Searle
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre demands an apology for comments made by independent councillor for Loyola
There was a heated exchange at Montreal City Hall Monday afternoon that had Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre pointing and yelling with fury as he demanded an apology from independent councillor JeremySearle.
Searle asked a question about traffic during a council meeting. Before responding, Coderre demanded Searle apologize for a comment he made about Quebec separatists after the outcome of the provincial election.
At a Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough council meeting earlier this month, Searle had compared the Quebec sovereignty movement to the Emerald ash borer beetle — saying it could be eradicated.
Rather than respond to the mayor's request for an apology, Searle accused Coderre of failing to listen to his question and then continued with a fresh insult.
“He has a brain problem,” Searle said about the mayor.
That prompted a furious response from Coderre.
Nearly shaking with anger, Coderre said he has fought his entire life against intolerance.
“If you continue to trivialize this, you will not have a place in this chamber,” Coderre said, adding that making comments against sovereignists or federalists is unacceptable.
Eventually, Searle apologized for his comments and apologized to Coderre.