“Mississauga” Council Code of Conduct, Bonnie Crombie, Justice Douglas Cunningham, George Rust-D’Eye: INTEGRITY *FAIL*!
August 27th, 2012
UPDATE September 2, 2012
We should still have been on Maui til September 5th but we were called back to Mississauga because of a family emergency.
Right now we’re doing Elder Care 24/7 and have no idea for how long. Because my blogs require that I work up video and then video transcripts, I just don’t have the time or energy when “off shift”. Put simply I just can’t concentrate.
I’m keeping in touch through Twitter and if you’re interested, check out https://twitter.com/MISSISSAUGAMUSE I’ve managed to find 563 government-relevant people/agencies to Follow. Their tweets alone are worth the visit.
Anyway… until whenever.
Back to my Aug 27, 2012 blog.
Well, I’m back in Mississauga.
Going from Aloha Blue to Concrete’nCars is more than I can take this time ’round. But fellow Boomers will understand that Home is Where your Parents are.
Since I won’t have time to work up a blog unless I do it today, here’s the primary political thing on my mind right now. It has to do with the “Mississauga” Council Code of Conduct.
Now the first thing you need to know about the “Mississauga” Council Code of Conduct is that right from the Get-Go the thing is deceptive. The “Mississauga” Council Code of Conduct is really the City of Vaughan’s CODE OF ETHICAL CONDUCT FOR MEMBERS OF COUNCIL
So it’s always a laugh to hear the Mississauga Mayor and Councillors congratulating themselves about their leading edge “Mississauga” Council Code of Conduct. That’s right, “leading edge”.
But one of the most bizarre comments ever made about the “Mississauga” Council Code of Conduct came from none other than Mississauga’s next Mayor, Bonnie Crombie.
Shoveled directly onto the National Post’s Megan O’Toole.
Bonnie Crombie Media Interview
After Mississauga Council meeting November 9, 2011
National Post reporter, Megan O’Toole.
And just speaking of the video –um, you know, in terms of this Governance Committee –obviously it’s going to be dealing with issues and something like this might be referred to the Governance Committee.
Um, last week we heard a lot of Councillors saying that the Inquiry was a waste of money, that it shouldn’t have happened.
But that has a lot of recommendations concerning good governance. And I’m just curious how that’s reconciled with this committee.
Councillor Bonnie Crombie
Megan, we’ve even exceeded some of the recommendations on our own before we even knew what the recommendations were.
In fact, I think that Justice Cunningham said we went too far on a Code of Conduct. And we should scale back.
So that’s something that the Governance Committee should look at.
I’ve been looking.
Re-reading Commissioner Cunningham’s “Updating Ethical Infrastructure” and simply can’t find where it’s said, “In fact, I think that Justice Cunningham said we went too far on a Code of Conduct. And we should scale back” (let alone any evidence of “Megan, we’ve even exceeded some of the recommendations on our own before we even knew what the recommendations were”.)
In fact, as in fact-fact, here’s what Justice Cunningham’s comments regarding the “Mississauga” Council Code of Conduct in his Commissioner’s Statement on the Public Release of the Report.
I believe that the Mississauga Code should be amended as well. Its language should be strengthened to make clear that members must avoid the improper use of the influence of their office and shall avoid conflicts of interest, both apparent and real. The Code should also make it clear that members of Council shall not extend preferential treatment to any individual or organization in the discharge of their official duties. Preferential treatment would be found to exist if a reasonably well informed person would include that the preferential treatment was advancing a private interest.
Cunningham has even more Code improvement recommendations in his “Updating Ethical Infrastructure” report. (So far they’ve been expertly ignored by the Mississauga Governance Committee)
So where did Bonnie Crombie’s “Megan, we’ve even exceeded some of the recommendations on our own before we even know what the recommendations were” come from?
Megan O’Toole didn’t ask.
As for Crombie’s “In fact, I think that Justice Cunningham said we went too far on a Code of Conduct. And we should scale back”, O’Toole et al willingly swallowed that one too.
Had to laugh at a tweet this morning from Dan Gardner, Ottawa Citizen columnist / author of Risk and Future Babble
One of the biggest reasons why politicians aren’t held responsible is the cynic who lazily sighs “but they all do it…”
It’s because politicians crap out the worst kind of bullshit —even lies— as “fact” and lazy Traditional Media don’t respond with “Whoa! Where exactly is your evidence for your ‘In fact’?”
Observe. Here’s “Mississauga” Council Code of Conduct’s Rule 10.
Rule No. 10
1. Members of Council will accurately communicate the decisions of Mississauga City
Council, even if they disagree with the majority decision of Council, and by so doing
affirm the respect for and integrity in the decision-making processes of Council.
Can you spot Rule 10’s real implication —a huge loophole so subtle that it shot right over my head back in January 14, 2012 when I’d last examined it?
Alerting Council and citizens to that loophole (and all others) was Justice Douglas Cunningham’s responsibility. The duty to advise Council —as well as exercise the will of Council also fell on George Rust-D’Eye.
I’m reminded of Mayor Hazel McCallion’s comment at the March 17, 2008 Audit Committee:
So, I hope that the people we hire are sensitive to the fact that we are dealing with the public and we should give them every understanding possible.
Sure Justice Cunningham made a good show of it. He had me fooled for the longest time.
As for Mississauga interim Integrity Commissioner, George Rust-D’Eye and “sensitive to the fact that we are dealing with the public and we should give them every understanding possible“?
Well. Let’s just say that $650.00 managed to confirm something that I’d already suspected.
“…the system is CORRUPT and this is why there is youth violence this is why there are guns on the street and drugs in the hands of children
the youth are fighting with the system because it is CORRUPT there is no way to fix it because the people higher up are sitting nice in their
big leather chairs, driving their nice cars, living their perfect life when some people in this world have to work hard to get by and even by doing
so they get nothing, and after they realize how hard they have to work to get by they break down and no longer want to live life being part of the
system because they realize that living life by the rules of the system gets you no where because it is CORRUPT!”
—email from youth (age 19)