News Hearst Councillor Gives Up Seat SHARE ON: Nick Birnie, contributor, Tuesday, Dec. 4th, 2018 Photo of Gaetan Baillargeon An elected councillor for the town of Hearst has given up his seat due to his beliefs. Gaetan Baillargeon, elected to Hearst Council during the 2018 Municipal Elections, has stepped down from his position with the town due to personal beliefs that refused him to pledge allegiance to the Queen. As Baillargeon went to the podium to be sworn in, he requested the Town Clerk Janine Lecours re-write a portion of the wording in a specific paragraph. Lecours alerted Baillargeon that she could not make the change despite Baillargeon stating that pledging his allegiance to the Queen would conflict with his personal views. The she promptly alerted him that without pledging allegiance, a requirement for councillors, he would have to renounce his seat. Baillargeon promptly decided that was what he desired.