NDG councillor Jeremy Searle has told CTV News that he does have a drinking problem and that he is taking measures to address his problem, adding it doesn't affect his work at City Hall.
Searle appeared drunk at city council this morning, according to several reporters and fellow councillors.
This just a day after he had a heated exchange with Mayor Denis Coderre.
He was escorted out of the council meeting for a meeting with city council speaker Frantz Benjamin.
When a reporter asked Searle after his meeting point blank if he was drunk, he shot back saying, "No. Are you?"
But when pressed, in English and French, Searle denied he'd been drinking or had a problem with alcohol.
Later, Benjamin said he and Searle discussed his recent behaviour without going into specifics.
"We had a frank discussion," Benjamin said. "That discussion centered around what he said yesterday and what I hope from him as a city councillor from NDG."
One councillor described Searle as "incoherent" and reeking of alcohol.