11/29/2014 02:32 EST | Updated 01/29/2015 05:59 EST

Accepting $25K cheque from Suncor charity an 'honest mistake'

After being called out for agreeing to cash a cheque issued by the Suncor Energy Foundation, borough mayor Chantal Rouleau admits it wasn’t the greatest idea.

The charitable arm of oil company Suncor Energy cut a $25,000 cheque for the public market project in Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles, in Montreal’s east end.

However, because the public market project is not a charitable organization, it couldn’t provide a tax receipt. And so the borough agreed to accept the cheque on behalf of the market and then transfer the funds to the project.

On Friday, CBC/Radio-Canada reported that Montreal’s executive committee caught wind of the transaction and demanded that the borough return the money to Suncor.

Rouleau, the mayor of the borough in question, said the borough was only acting as an intermediary between the foundation and the public market.

She called it an "honest mistake."

She said she was simply trying to help a worthwhile project and that her office wouldn’t do it again.