First let me clarify exactly what was voted on.The committee was discussing the new agreement for the Integrity Commissioner (IC) which is up for renewal. We voted to send six additional items to the city legal department for comment and recommendation on each item as an amendment to be included in the IC agreement renewal. The report will come back to the next A&T committee for further discussion with each item to be voted on.
One of the items was for the IC complaint application to include a clause, that the complainant agree to not speak to the media for the duration of the IC investigation. All information would be public once the IC had ruled on the investigation. I really don't see a problem with that.
Personally, I like to have all the facts before making decisions on whether or not to include that clause. Just because it could be a political hot potato is no reason to shy away from or disregard it. The role of a councillor is to receive all the facts, use sound judgment in deliberating and own the decision you make, which yes, sometimes requires a very thick skin. You don't go into politics unless you can take the heat. I believe strongly in the role of the IC and that there needs to be a fair, level playing field for both parties. I'll wait to see what the city legal department has to say.
Thank you again for the opportunity to respond.
with kind regards,
City Councillor Judi Partridge
Hamilton Ward 15 Flamborough
Thanks to Clr. Partridge for engaging with Hamiltonians on The Hamiltonian