‘The Double Standard at Cambridge City Council’

By  | June 6, 2019 | 9 Comments | Filed under: Politics

ATTENTION: DONNA REID in the case against Councillor Jan Leggitt

I was at the Special Council Meeting (June 4, 2019) regarding the conclusions of the Integrity Commissioner report and his findings.

Donna, if I can quote you from last evening when you spoke around the horseshoe to fellow Councillors, Staff, Mayor McGarry and the public both in the gallery and watching the live stream from home you stated ‘And if we don’t uphold what the Integrity Commission has found, then I fear what we are saying to staff.’

I find that a very interesting statement and a bit unnerving that you made a statement like that because if I recall correctly, when Frank Monterio had an Integrity Commissioner complaint filed against him and was found guilty on a breach of the Council Code of Conduct on something he had said about Councillor Jan Leggitt…. you had an entirely different thought. 

To jog your memory you introduced the motion to dismiss the Integrity Commissioner’s report entirely, and you called it ‘unworthy’ and ‘innocuous’ and to quote you from that meeting you said ‘There was no intention of Councillor Monterio to bring harm to you’ saying that directly to Jan Liggett.  ‘I do not believe it’s necessary to penalize him.’ 

You say that you take the code seriously and you also said you did not want the inquiry to divide City Council and that Council needs to show that they are capable of working together.

At the time of that inquiry, Councillor Liggett said the motion that was put forth to dismiss the Integrity Commissioners findings was ‘dangerous’ and ‘divisive.’

Here we are once again in a situation that at a time when this Council needs to ascertain that there is good governance, leadership and unification,now we have one more example of internal conflict which will result in something just as dangerous and divisive both within the City of Cambridge as well as City Council and City Staff.

When I read in the report comments against Ms.Liggett, that state

‘more likely than not’ and ‘it is impossible to know beyond a reasonable doubt’ those statements speak volumes that the findings of the Integrity Commissioner were inconclusive and with that in mind, your response to this should have been the same comment that you said back in September 2017. 

You should have said that since the Integrity Commissioner included those words in his report, an Elected Official like yourself and your fellow councillors truly cannot make a judgement call on something that has reasonable doubt included in a report, and, therefore the same motion to dismiss the Integrity Commissioner report should have been made once again regarding this report, and it should have only been taken at face value and not acted upon.

In the September 2017 motion you voted against the justified findings of the Integrity Commissioner, a report that was fact filled—the fact that Councillor Monterio said things on air about Councillor Liggett that put her reputation at stake, while this latest report against Councillor Leggitt has been based on speculations, rumours, and reasonable doubt.

As a member of Council, how can you in clear conscience vote to uphold a report such as this one when you voted down the report of a fellow councillor?  Do you live by a ‘double standard’ in that  you would uphold an investigation that is lacking an evidence based conclusion, but you would vote down a report from the same Integrity Commissioner that was fact based?

In closing let me just say i think in my opinion this is a case of 

‘plant the seed of deceit’

‘grow the seed of deceit’

and then find a victim to bear the burden of the action’

It was clearly evident by the comments made by yourself and some of your fellow peers around the horseshoe that you came into this meeting with your minds made up and would not even open your minds to what members of the electorate said at the podium as well as the legal counsel that was present.  It’s a shame that elected officials do not seem to be as open, honest, and transparent as they let on to be.  Just like the legal counsel that was in attendance commented at the podium last night said, this vote will truly have consequences down the road.

Was due diligence really done with regard to this report?

(Mrs.) Rande Keffer

Cambridge, Ontario

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9 Responses to ‘The Double Standard at Cambridge City Council’

  1. lvann@sympatico.ca'
    Ken Pepper June 7, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Hey everybody….Lena got fired. She didn’t quit. Running Doug’s PC campaign out of city hall for him while at work. Remember Linda said this happened in 2010. Word at city hall is the Hot Chilly Pepper is getting the stare and whispers. Time to call the cops. Rats.

  2. ltvann@rogers.com'
    Tom Vann June 12, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Wow. Great letter on line of the Times Rande. All the facts well done. Maybe a certain woman will call the cops to your door like she did me. Liggett is the best council member period,that I feel got a teachers, cops bad shake. Nice to read the truth and hear the facts.

  3. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Kathy Maidment June 13, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Reid is in hot water for “she should die” comments I hear. Only a bitter person angry at life would say something like this. It is no wonder city hall is toxic with hate. She has put women in politics backwards and should step down. It will be interesting to see how the mayor handles this.

  4. agmarshall@rogers.com'
    alan marshall June 14, 2019 at 7:23 am

    Doesn’t surprise me in the least. Professionally prior to politics she expressed her contempt for parents and those “outside” the school system.

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      Maggie July 6, 2019 at 8:40 pm

      Yes Alan – I play Bridge with a former Teacher & she said what Donna did there was disgusting. In fact, so bad she had trouble talking about it. Wasn’t surprised with comments about the way Donna handles herself being vindictive at Council. Very interesting!!

  5. ltvann@rogers.com'
    Tom Vann June 14, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Yikes! To say a politician should just die is real bad. This could be a criminal charge and by pass the code of conduct. The teachers and cops would let her off anyway even if she was found guilty This is huge and should step down if found it was hearsay, rumours, might have, or guilty. Rande was correct about double standards. Once again Cambridge is in the spot light for bad government.

  6. ltvann@rogers.com'
    Benny June 22, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Gary Dyke has been fired.

  7. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Ellen M. Smith June 28, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Dyke should have been fired here as well, but was protected by his buddy.
    Well written Rande & you have the facts as usual. Do like the comments re Reid re teachers – yup – she made trouble when she could. She certainly is bitter about something. Jan L. got a rotten deal & we all know it. Council is really off balance again. Was hoping mcGarry could change things, but not – looks more like she is joining the non-thinkers. Our Multiplex is a good example. We need another Library like a hole in the head – we will have more capita than T.O. is this goes through. It is so hard to sit back & watch the crap that is going on with our tax dollars. Cambridge is big enough with some private investors to support a CENTRALLY LOCATED COMPLEX on #24 is the best location of the last one mentioned – just nonsense here in town.

  8. lvann@sympatico.ca'
    Jean L September 12, 2019 at 8:56 am

    This is a very old picture of Donna Reid. She worked as a teacher and was union rep.

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