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Jeremy Searle, NDG councillor, kicked out of council meeting

12/02/2014 07:37 EST | Updated 02/01/2015 05:59 EST
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce councillor Jeremy Searle was removed from a borough council meeting on Monday after showing signs of being under the influence.

- Sparks fly between Denis Coderre and councillor Jeremy Searle 

Searle kissed his colleague, councillor Magda Popeanu, during the meeting.

Shortly afterwards, borough mayor Russell Copeman called councillors into a private meeting.

When they returned, the mayor publicly asked Searle to leave the meeting. Copeman said that he suspected Searle was inebriated, and said his conduct with Popeanu was unacceptable.

After a verbal altercation between Copeman and Searle, police were called. When they arrived, Searle composed himself, left the council table, and watched the rest of the proceedings from the gallery area.

Searle was "pretty tanked," according to fellow councillor

Councillor Marvin Rotrand was at the meeting on Monday. 

"He was pretty tanked last night," said Rotrand. "It was apparent from the moment he came in, which was about 15 minutes late."

Rotrand says drinking at a council meeting is unacceptable.

"If he wants to drink on his own time that's fine but at a borough council meeting, or at a city council meeting, where he's there to represent his citizens, not just to show up but to represent his citizens, you can't be tanked at the meeting." 

This is the second time Searle has faced consequences for being impaired during a council meeting.

In May, the councillor was asked by the mayor to take a leave of absence. Searle said no, saying he was seeking appropriate help on his own.

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