The past week has been a trying time for our city, and in particular, for the family members impacted by this situation. We are grateful that the Integrity Commissioner has provided his report so promptly, which will hopefully allow London to move forward, and continue with the business of running our city.
As the Integrity Commissioner has stated, “the public nature of these disclosures and the resulting public comment and criticism is in and of itself a significant penalty.” While some Londoners will be satisfied with this, some will not, and the calls for resignations continue.
We hope Councillor Cassidy continues to contribute to our community whether through her continued role on Council or in other capacities. She has been a strong voice for Ward 5 and an effective Councillor. Nevertheless, we are disappointed by the Mayor and former Deputy Mayor’s multiple breaches in the code of conduct, and we must move on from here. We cannot afford to lose momentum on critical priorities for our community.
As we move forward, we need to continue to commit to diversity on Council. We need more women on council, not less. We also need more diversity in the leadership roles at the top. Diverse lived experiences at the table means that decisions made by council represent the full spectrum of Londoners. Diversity makes the decisions better grounded and more informed. As council moves forward in the selection of a new Deputy Mayor, we highly encourage them to consider diversity – including gender – as a priority for the role.