Integrity officer completes preliminary report

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 – for immediate release

Integrity officer completes preliminary report

Council directs investigation into two issues raised in complaint from MP Terence Young

At Monday’s Council meeting, the town’s integrity officer, Robert J. Swayze, presented his preliminary information report concerning MP Terence Young’s formal complaint over possible breaches of Council’s Code of Conduct. As a result, Council directed Mr. Swayze to undertake an investigation into two issues: the cancellation of town meetings and the alleged improper use of influence by the Mayor during the recent federal election. 

Mayor Rob Burton left the meeting for the discussion of the integrity officer’s report to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. However, after the meeting, Mayor Burton again noted his support and confidence in the process “unfolding as it should.”

In his report, Mr. Swayze noted that he felt that the complaint concerning Councillor Khan accepting a ticket to a Liberal fundraising dinner from Oakville Hydro and an allegation of slander by the Mayor were outside his jurisdiction. He did feel it would be appropriate for Council to direct him to investigate the two remaining issues outlined in the complaint: the alleged improper use of influence by the Mayor and the cancellation of town meetings prior to the federal election.

Under the town’s Integrity Officer Procedure, any member of the public can request an investigation into possible violations of Council’s Code of Conduct, but it is up to Council to direct that such an investigation take place. On May 4, 2011, Council directed Mr. Swayze to complete a preliminary report to determine whether an investigation was appropriate, and to provide the estimated cost to undertake such an investigation. Mr. Swayze estimated it will take approximately one month and up to $10,000 dollars to complete his report.

Council had previously directed the town’s internal auditor to investigate the purchase of tickets to political fundraising events by Oakville Hydro, and received a final report on this issue at its meeting of January 17, 2011. Oakville Hydro now has an official policy in place to prohibit such purchases.

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For more information

Jane Courtemanche
Director, Strategy, Policy & Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3038        
jcourtemanche@oakville.ca


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Integrity officer completes preliminary report