Quebec Mayor Stephane Gendron says he deliberately runs over cats, SPCA investigates

Stephane Gendron
Update (4:20 p.m. EST): Huntingdon, Que., Mayor Stephane Gendron has written an apology for his comments on the CHOI Radio website.

In the long preamble to his apology, he claims that, in Quebec, 500,000 domestic animals are abandoned every year and that he has continuously called for a province-wide sterilization programs.

He said that his comments, from July 9, were greatly exaggerated and that the "black humour" was inappropriate and doesn't help advance the debate. 

Cat lovers might find this story a little disturbing.

According to reports, Huntingdon, Que., Mayor Stephane Gendron said that he tries to kill stray cats while driving his pick-up truck.

"First of all, cats have no business being in the road, if it’s a stray cat in the road, bang, I accelerate," he said recently during his French-language radio show, according to CTV News.

The Huffington Post had this even more disturbing quote from the same radio show.

“The other day, I backed up on one, it was a newborn,” he said on-air. “I’m sure he didn’t feel anything. The pickup truck ran on it like nothing. I was so happy, yes! One less.”

Appropriately, the SPCA is investigating.

"I believe [he] stated that he enjoyed speeding up and did so when he saw a cat coming and that he had backed over a cat that had just given birth and I believe he talked about seeing kittens starve or die of thirst," Alanna Devine of the SPCA told CTV.

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Huntingdon — a town 15 kilometres north of the U.S. border — has had Gendron as their steward since 2003. The radio/television host has been a controversial mayor.

In 2006, he allegedly called then Premier Jean Charest a "murderer."

In January 2009, he wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper criticizing him about his pro-Israel stance.

"You are a shame for Canada; you are just disgusting; you have no clue of history and humanity," he wrote.

And, in 2011, according to CTV News, he called Israel an "apartheid state" that "does not deserve to exist."

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Quebec seems to be having some difficulties with their mayors, of late.

Since November, the city of Montreal has lost two mayors — Michael Applebaum and his predecessor Gerald Tremblay — over corruption allegations. Moreover, Laval mayor Gilles Vaillancourt stepped down in November and was later charged with fraud and gangsterism.

It's certainly not the golden-age of municipal politicians in La Belle Provence.

(Photo courtesy of the Canadian Press)

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