Ottawa Now – ‘If this was a teacher, and they had done this to one of their students, there would be no question’: Former city councillor calls on the province to amend the Municipal Act so councillors can be fired after Chiarelli probe
City council has stripped College Ward councillor Rick Chiarelli of several duties at City Hall after the integrity commissioner released a damning report into allegations of inappropriate behaviour. However, Chiarelli cannot be fired under the current rules and regulations outlined in the Municipal Act. He has to resign from his post. Stephen Blais, a former Ottawa city councillor and current Liberal MPP for Orleans, wants that to change. He is calling on the province to amend the Municipal Act so Rick Chiarelli can be fired, arguing that this type of behaviour in any other profession would warrant employee termination. He joins Kristy Cameron on today’s Ottawa Now.