The Hamiltonian half-jokingly tweeted that it would be a good idea to bring a motion to simply practice integrity. Clr. Farr responded "good one".
And on the heels of that, a good example of practicing integrity, on the ground, in the form of a principled position taken by Clrs. Clark and McHattie, follows. According to a C.A.T.C.H. release, Clark and McHattie refused invitations to private dinners with the Hamilton Halton Home Builders Association, which is a break from historical practice.
“I also want you all to understand that I have declined dinner invitations with the Hamilton Halton Home Builders Association in my capacity as chair,” Clark announced “I don’t feel that that it was appropriate to be meeting with them.”
He went on to say that “our staff have graciously agreed that they will follow the same lead and make sure that if there’s systemic items that they are wanting to deal with in terms of policies, they should be coming before us presenting it publicly”.
Clark and McHattie's position, serve as an example of good statecraft and integrity being practiced on the ground. Having private meetings can lead to either perceived or real conflict of interest situations. Based on contemporary definitions of "conflict of interest", engaging in an activity that may be perceived to be a conflict of interest, makes it a conflict of interest.
The Hamiltonian salutes Clr. Clark and Clr. McHattie for practicing good state-craft. You can read more about this matter by clicking here and here.
Teresa DiFalco, Publisher