Councillors request mayoral apology over booze misuse allegations
Published Monday, January 26, 2015 4:46PM MST
Ward 2 Councillor Joe Magliocca addresses the media on Monday after his request for an apology from Mayor Nenshi was refused
Expressed concerns over the drinking habits of unnamed city councillors at public functions has seven councillors requesting an apology from Mayor Nenshi.
Last week, an alcohol use debate was raised in council after Nenshi said he had received ‘lots’ or ‘tons’ of complaints about the actions of councillors at public events.
Nenshi did not identify specific council members but questioned whether all councillors should adhere to the same rules which govern other city employees.
Stating the assertions smear council’s reputation, seven councilors are asking for an apology from the mayor for the unfounded comments, but Nenshi says he will not oblige.
"There's nothing to retract, nothing to apologize for,” said Mayor Nenshi. “What I said was 'I've received lots of complaints about people's behaviour’ and that is true. There's nothing to apologize for, absolutely nothing.”
"My name is important to me,” said Ward 2 Councillor Joe Magliocca. “My kids’ last name is important to them. They go to university and they’ve been dragged through all this too, so therefore I've got to clear this air up.”
“If there’s somebody who's involved, stand up, let’s get some of these councillors to come forward with it. Therefore, if you can't find any evidence, you shouldn't be shooting from the hip"
The City Auditor will investigate all complaints regarding councillor conduct.
The City of Calgary Whistle-Blower Program, established in 2007, allows city employees or members of the public to report ‘allegations of waste and/or wrongdoing’.