In 2010, I ran on the notion of bringing accountability, cost control, and transparency to City Hall, and that is what I intend to do. The public should not need to make FOIP requests, jump through hoops, or pay out-of-pocket to see where elected officials are spending taxpayer’s money or who they interact with.
Since then Council has passed the Ethical Conduct Policy for Members of Council and the Gifts and Benefits Policy for Members of Council. Both policies are aimed at mandating disclosure of a Council Member’s expenses and activities in their public role. These policies are a huge step in the right direction, and I have no issue sharing my activities as a Councillor with the world.
Ethical Conduct Policy for Members of Council
Disclosure of Expenses
Ward Expense Reports have been available online for some time, but are now mandated as a part of the Ethical Conduct Policy. They provide a breakdown of expenditures made by each Councillor from their ward budget.
Disclosure of External Visitors
As part of this policy, Members of Council are expected to disclose a quarterly list of external visitors to The City (excluding Media), with whom they or their assistants have met in their offices. The policy includes all meetings at City Hall other than those with City staff. It came into effect on July 1st of 2013.
Gifts and Benefits Policy for Members of Council
City Council is the governing body of The City of Calgary and the custodian of its powers, both legislative and administrative. To achieve democratic accountability and transparency, it is necessary that no individual or organization influence, or perceive to influence, Council activities in exchange for gifts and benefits. The Gifts and Benefits Policy for Members of Council provides a clear process to report these gifts and benefits that it is common for them to receive in acting out their duties of office. You can find the gift registry for Ward 14 on the Councillor’s Gift Registry page
Ward 14 Communities BBQ
While the Ward 14 Communities BBQ does not fall under any Council Policy, the event is funded by generous sponsors who want to help Ward 14’s Community Associations. I feel it is important to show that every dollar of sponsorship money goes back into the event, or to Community Associations. I am currently working on an official Council Policy that will address fundraising and events by Calgary City Councillors. It is also very important to note that the BBQ does not involve any tax revenue.
Until official guidlines for reporting are available, you can find financial statements from the Ward 14 Communities BBQ bank account here:
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