Independent councillor for the Loyola district in NDG Jeremy Searle won't apologize for comments he made after the election comparing the sovereignty movement to an infestation of insects that needs to be exterminated.
Searle made the controversial comment at a borough council meeting last week.
Since then, borough mayor Russell Copeman has distanced himself from the comment and Montreal mayor Denis Coderre has asked him to apologize.
Searle argued he just said what everyone is thinking, that "perhaps in 10 years time, they could eradicate the separatist movement like they hope to do with Emerald Ash Borer insects" that are currently ravaging city trees. "Except that the Emerald Ash Borer does less damage than the separatists," Searle had said.
"Well, of course it should, does somebody disagree with that? Do we want to have a separatist movement in Quebec? I don't think so. Of course it needs to be eradicated," Searle told CJAD 800 News.
Searle said he was really comparing the costs to the Quebec economy of the separatist movement to that of the Emerald Ash borer infestation which was on last week's borough council agenda.
But Searle is making no apologies.
"I don't see why anybody should be offended. Everybody I know, separatists excluded, wants to see the end of the separatist movement. It's bad for the economy, it's bad for Quebec. I don't quite see where the news is in this," Searle said.
Searle said if anything Coderre should apologize to him for attacking him.