For the first time in its history, the Fraternité des policemen et policières de la Ville de Québec (FPPVQ) will be headed by a woman. Martine Fortier won her election handily on Thursday evening.
Mme Fortier faced the outgoing vice-president of the Fraternity, Patrick Talbot. She beat him by 74.1% of the vote.
“It’s a source of pride for me. In the past, the first female police officers pulled out a lot. There are some who have had to prove themselves quite a bit more than men. I have not experienced it personally, but I know that a lot of policewomen did not have it easy, ”she said.
Martine Fortier, 45, has worked for the Quebec City Police Service (SPVQ) since 1999. She has mainly patrolled in her career. Even though she has never served on the union executive before, she has participated in fights for pay equity and for better working conditions.
Asked about her priorities, she said she wanted to “sit down with management to review certain issues related to the police reorganization”. She is particularly worried about the postponement and possible additional costs of the work at the Saint-Roch substation (FX-Drolet Building), revealed this week by Radio-Canada.
“What I’m afraid of is that the new power plant [de Charlesbourg, qui doit être livrée fin 2023] bailer and delivery is delayed. I am afraid that the plans will be revised because of the problems related to soil decontamination at FX-Drolet, ”she agreed.
Also, the new president of the FPPVQ says she is worried by the fact that the police officers from the stations of Charlesbourg and La Haute-Saint-Charles moved, last month, to the Central Victoria, whose dilapidation is common knowledge.
Friday noon, the management of the SPVQ responded by email by welcoming “the arrival of Ms. Martine Fortier as the first woman president of the Fraternity”, adding: “We will be happy to collaborate with Ms. Fortier and her team during her visit. next term. “
For his part, François Lemay, president of the Federation of municipal police officers of Quebec (FPMQ), welcomed the news. “We welcome the election of a woman as president of the FPPVQ. She is now the head of one of the largest police fraternities in Quebec ”, the third largest after the Sûreté du Québec and the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM). In Quebec, three police unions are now headed by women.
At the town hall of Quebec, the head of Quebec 21, Jean-François Gosselin, said he was “eager to discuss with her [Mme Fortier] the reorganization of services on [le] territory”.
For his part, the leader of Démocratie Quebec, Jean Rousseau, also welcomed the arrival of Ms. Fortier at the head of the Fraternity. “We are pleased to note that Ms. Fortier has already identified the problem of relocating police forces. In the context of the delays in the work on the F.-X. Drolet, we need to know quickly what plan B is being considered by the head of the SPVQ, Robert Pigeon, ”Mr. Rousseau argued in a press release.
– With the collaboration of Stéphanie Martin