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Province orders overview of sexual assault allegations in opposition to Coun. Chu


‘These allegations are severe and we don’t take them frivolously,’ learn a press release from the premier’s workplace

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Premier Danielle Smith’s workplace has directed authorities officers to take a recent take a look at allegations made in opposition to Coun. Sean Chu.

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In a press release, the Workplace of the Premier stated the deputy ministers of Justice and Public Security have been tasked with reviewing Chu’s 1997 police misconduct investigation overview. They’re to find out “whether or not any additional motion ought to be taken,” based on the assertion.

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Council voted on Tuesday to ship the Calgary police fee’s overview of Chu’s case to the premier, with the request she delegate a overview to the right division.

“These allegations are severe and we don’t take them frivolously,” learn a press release from the premier’s workplace. “Elected representatives in any respect ranges must conduct themselves in all issues with the very best requirements of integrity and moral behaviour.”

Council despatched an identical request to the province following the September 2021 election, after media stories revealed Chu had been reprimanded for inappropriate bodily contact with a 16-year-old lady in 1997 whereas he was a police officer.

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Chu was discovered responsible of discreditable conduct below the Police Act on the time however was by no means criminally charged.

In November of final yr, Ric McIver, who was then-municipal affairs minister, obtained a authorized opinion that the province didn’t have the ability to take away Chu from his democratically elected put up, particularly for issues that occurred earlier than he was elected.

What’s modified since then is the overview by the Calgary police fee on the file, which discovered police made errors whereas dealing with the sexual-assault investigation in opposition to the Ward 4 councillor when he was a member of the Calgary Police Service.

Council solely requested the province to overview the 1997 assault allegations, and didn’t contact on one other revelation that got here out at council Tuesday.

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In the course of the assembly, Mayor Jyoti Gondek revealed Chu had shared a photograph of her licence plate with a member of the general public. Chu admitted to taking and sharing the pictures, which he took within the metropolis’s safe parkade.

The revelation sparked further outcry from many, together with the mayor’s former political rival Jeromy Farkas, who denounced Chu’s actions on social media Tuesday.

“This newest difficulty actually continues a harmful sample of behaviour unfit for metropolis council, not to mention any place of authority,” stated Farkas, who beforehand served as Ward 11 councillor for a time period earlier than launching an unsuccessful mayoral bid in 2021.

Farkas stated he labored with Chu previously however is now distancing himself from him, saying Chu’s actions cross a line.

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“I can’t consider I’ve to say this,” Farkas stated in an interview with Postmedia on Wednesday. “That is unsuitable, unsuitable and unsuitable. But when anybody on the market, particularly conservatives, are prepared to show a blind eye simply since you dislike the mayor’s politics, you need to get your head checked.”

Farkas stated in his opinion Chu’s place on council is now untenable, and he’s calling on the province to take away him from workplace.

“Premier (Danielle) Smith and (Municipal Affairs Minister Rebecca) Schulz, they should act now to take away him or else be complicit enablers,” stated Farkas. “They’ve authorized oversight of this council and its councillors, and so they should do one thing.”

Chu left Tuesday’s council assembly with out talking to reporters. When contacted for remark Wednesday, he stated he was heading into a gathering and couldn’t speak.

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The mayor stated Tuesday that Chu’s actions compromised her security, however particulars about what steps have been taken to make sure her security stay unclear. In an emailed assertion, town stated it can’t talk about any of its safety particulars publicly, together with whether or not or not any safety investigations have been undertaken.

Chu stated throughout Tuesday’s council assembly he’s now parking in a public parkade.

A Calgary Police Service spokesperson confirmed the regulation enforcement company had not been knowledgeable of the licence plate incident and isn’t concerned in any means.

Former metropolis councillor Brian Pincott served for 10 years, together with 4 years with Chu. He stated council could also be fighting easy methods to censure Chu, however believes there are issues that may be finished.

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“As a metropolis councillor, your key card will get you into a number of locations,” stated Pincott. “So when you’re fascinated about the protection, not simply of different metropolis councillors however of metropolis employees, take away his entry so he can’t simply wander into anywhere within the municipal constructing that he desires to wander into.”

Pincott stated the October determination to put Chu again to work on metropolis committees and boards after a yr of censure isn’t what he would have finished.

“Actually, it’s not like he actually contributes at committee anyway,” stated Pincott. “That could be a disparaging factor to say, however that’s my expertise.”

Pincott stated council might additionally do extra to make issues uncomfortable for Chu, akin to revoking different parking privileges and his capacity to expense meals. He additionally recommended having the councillor dial in remotely to all conferences.

brthomas@postmedia.com
Twitter: @brodie_thomas

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