MONTREAL—A high-ranking Quebec union boss who was found guilty of intimidating a contractor is appealing his conviction. Bernard (Rambo) Gauthier will file for appeal during his sentencing hearing on Feb. 3.
The Quebec Federation of Labour’s construction wing tells The Canadian Press that Gauthier’s lawyer will seek an absolute discharge, which would allow him to keep his job as a union boss.
A Quebec court judge ruled last December that the heavy-machine operator intimidated construction entrepreneur Frederic Boucher during a work conflict in 2013. The judge said Boucher had grounds to fear for his safety after Gauthier paid him a visit.
Boucher told the court that Gauthier stood within a few inches of his face and threatened to hit him. Gauthier denied the claim.
Gauthier had been previously described at Quebec’s corruption inquiry as a controlling figure in the construction industry who was not above advocating violence and intimidation to ensure local workers were hired.