This is Jean-François Parenteau, the mayor of Verdun, Quebec. Over the weekend, he pulled a bizarre prank by claiming a teenager had been seriously hurt at a new skate park.
Verdun invested $700,000 this year in revamping and rebuilding a the city's crumbling Arthur-Therrien Park. The new park will officially open within days.
The man who spearheaded the campaign for a new skate park is Verdun councillor Sterling Downey, who is also a political opponent to the mayor.
It seems Parenteau's bizarre stunt had been to "teach a lesson" to Downey about what could happen if people skate in the unfinished park.
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