“The allegations that have been made demonstrate, if proven, a level of dishonour and dishonesty that is unparalleled in our Region, and the people of Niagara deserve nothing less than a full investigation into these matters and accountability for those who violated their trust. … The Office of the Chair has broken the faith placed in it by the people of Niagara and there is no other path available to restore it.”
– Damian Goulbourne, former Welland Mayor and a candidate for Niagara Regional Chair in the coming October 22nd municipal elections
A Statement from Damian Goulbourne, Candidate For Niagara Regional Chair
Posted July 26th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
Welland, Ontario – “The reports that have surfaced in the past 24-hours regarding the conduct of behaviour of the Regional Chair’s office are disturbing, and if proven to be true, inexcusable.
“I entered the race to become the next Regional Chair, because I believe there is tremendous opportunity for that office to create prosperity for our Region and to help all of our communities achieve their full potential.
“Unfortunately, these allegations have done irreparable damage to the integrity of the office and immediate steps must be taken to restore the faith and trust of the people of Niagara.
“If the allegations are proven, the level of corruption uncovered in the Chair’s office is unprecedented and unconscionable. Not only must the people named be held to account for their actions, but serious questions remain about the role of the Chair in these matters.
“Were the actions of staff endorsed, or did the Chair fail to ensure appropriate checks and balances existed in his own office to prevent such egregious breaches of public trust?
“I intend to work tirelessly over the coming months to demonstrate to the people of Niagara how I will restore integrity to the Office of Regional Chair and improve the quality of life for all our residents.
“But before we can discuss the ideas and aspirations that should be central to a campaign of this nature, actions must be taken by the current Regional Council to assure the public that the allegations that have been made are taken seriously and that integrity of our Region will be defended.
“The responsibility for the current scandal rests with all of Council, therefore Regional Council must meet at its earliest opportunity and launch a formal investigation into these allegations, and those named as having participated in this breach of trust must be immediately removed from their positions. There is no choice but for them to step aside from their responsibilities while these matters are investigated.
“The allegations that have been made demonstrate, if proven, a level of dishonour and dishonesty that is unparalleled in our Region, and the people of Niagara deserve nothing less than a full investigation into these matters and accountability for those who violated their trust.
“The Office of the Chair has broken the faith placed in it by the people of Niagara and there is no other path available to restore it.”
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