Surrey Connect Warns McCallum, Announces Good Governance Policies
Surrey, BC: Surrey Connect Leader and mayoral candidate Brenda Locke announces
policy of recovering legal fees for Doug McCallum’s criminal defense case and
cleaning up ethics at city hall.
From the scene of McCallum’s alleged crime one year ago, Locke advises, “Doug, I’m
warning you to be very careful with every minute you spend with your lawyer over
the next 5 weeks, because we are coming for you to repay every dime.” If elected
mayor, the leader of the Surrey Connect team will instruct staff to do everything
possible to recuperate McCallum’s expenses related to defending his criminal
charge. His legal fees are expected to total over $200,000.
Lawyer and Surrey Connect council candidate, Harry Bains said, “If the mayor was
shopping for his groceries on personal time on a Saturday, why is this being called
city business?” The team pledged a full investigation of how the city decided to pay
for the mayor’s expenses.
In addition to the investigation, Surrey Connect announced other policies to improve
Surrey City Hall’s accountability and transparency:
- hire an Ethics Commissioner
- introduce conflict of interest rules and adherence practices
- establish whistle-blower protections
- advocate for municipal recall legislation
Surrey Connect developed these policies in response to concerns expressed by
constituents over the last four years. Several Surrey Connect candidates are running
to address ethics at city hall and concerns raised by residents.
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