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Ward Sutherland focused on moving forward

Integrity Commissioner finds that Ward 1 Councillor did not violate Code of Ethical Conduct

June 28, 2017

Ward Sutherland, City Councillor for Ward 1, was pleased to be cleared of any and all wrong-doing by Allen Sulatycky, City of Calgary Integrity Commissioner, in regards to allegations put forward against him by a fellow councillor on May 12, 2017.

“There are important decisions that need to be made and Calgary is counting on all Councillors to stay focused on the issues that matter most to ensuring we live in a strong and thriving community,” explains Councillor Sutherland. “My colleagues and I made a decision to hire the Integrity Commissioner to address code of conduct claims and ensure the process is non-political. I was disappointed that certain colleagues chose to make a media story out of these false claims before receiving a ruling from the Integrity Commissioner. I knew the findings would absolve me”.

The footage from the May 12, 2017 Council meeting was reviewed, as well as an under-oath testimony from Councillor Sutherland, and it was found that his actions were not directed at the Councillor Member in question and there was no violation of the Code of Ethical Conduct for Council.

“Respect is something that is deeply instilled in me. When false allegations are made public before due-process, it hurts more than just the person accused – I’d like to thank my family, friends, residents and past business colleagues for standing by me through this. I treat all people with equal respect and my reputation speaks for itself,” reiterates Sutherland.

Sutherland says, “I am glad we can get back to business. My hope is that all Council Members can put politics aside in the future, follow protocol, and stay focused on the issues that Calgarians are trusting us to deliberate on.”

Media Contact: Ward 1 Office

Christine Louie, Communications

Office of Councillors, City of Calgary

P: 403.268-2430


Categories: Councillor

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