Complaints To Integrity Commissioner No Longer About Integrity: Miljan

A Political Science Professor at the University of Windsor believes Windsor's Integrity Commissioner is now being used as a judge for 'all things decent and nice.'

Lydia Miljan says the recent series of complaints to the integrity commissioner could be seen a misuse of the role and of taxpayer's funds because the complaints need to be investigated.

"It does cost money to have the Integrity Commissioner investigate either important or baseless claims," she says.

"We are getting into, it seems to me, in politics we are getting into a highly sensitive arena, where it doesn't matter what you say, someone is going to take offense and they are going to use whatever they can at their disposal to make some political points."

She believes the initial complaint against Ward 3 Councillor Rino Bortolin last year when he said "there is no money for a $3,000 alley light where that person got beat up and raped last week" opened the door.

"It is a distraction and we have to remember that these are now used for political ends, people using it to get their names in the paper, to embarrass someone, but it isn't about integrity anymore. It is about politics."

In the past week, three complaints have been launched against Councillor Rino Bortolin, John Elliott and Mayor Drew Dilkens.