Former high ranking UPAC officer files wrongful dismissal suit

The former 2nd-in-command at UPAC (Unité permanente anticorruption) has filed a wrongful dismissal suit against the government.

Marcel Forget, who was the  associate commissioner of the anti-fraud squad resigned his post last November after the Journal de Montreal published a report which said that when Forget was a Sûreté du Québec police officer in the 1990's and 2000's, he was touting a stock in a Blainville company that was reportedly developing a revolutionary braking system.

The report said five officers had either purchased the stock on Forget's recommendation or had given him cheques to purchase shares on their behalf.

The Journal de Montreal reports that in his lawsuit Forget claims that on the day the story was made public he was called into his boss's office and told he had two minutes to decide whether he would resign or be fired.

Forget says he was told that Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux was about to hold a news conference to announce his departure and that it would be better for his career if he resigned.

Forget agreed to step down and was asked to send a formal letter of resignation, but his departure was announced before he sent the letter.

In his suit, Forget describes the newspaper allegations as "false, misleading and biased".

He is seeking $2 million in compensation and damages.