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Mon Dec 10, 2007 Miss Vicky 

So CBC is just announcing that Mayor Larry has been charged under 2 sections of the criminal code for his alleged attempts to bribe a political opponent during the 2006 election.

He doesn't have to step down... not until he's convicted. Will he, though? Should he?

UPDATE: So he has said that he will reserve his decision about stepping down until he hears from the public and a special council meeting.

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JMG Dec 10, 2007 10:30 AM said:

Typical O'Brien. Can't make up his mind.

If he doesn't step down, he would serve the citizens of Ottawa best if in the next election he didn't run again. He'd be doing everyone in this city a big favor.

In a year of office, he hasn't brought forth one thing that is constructive or positive to shape a better city, and his chief impact as a mayor, besides his foolish bluster about swagger, long forgotten, has been nothing but one thump after another thump.

Now, he is charged and that becomes the focus at city hall.

[Edited By JMG Dec 10, 2007 10:33 AM]

adavidso Dec 10, 2007 11:10 AM said:

Yay!

sblibre Dec 10, 2007 03:18 PM said:

While we all live under the presumption of innocence, politicians have a special responsability to step aside when charged with offences related to their functions in office. Canadian tradition holds that politicians under this type of charge is to take leave from their office. Mayor O'Brien should step aside until he is cleared.

cancat Dec 10, 2007 03:26 PM said:

I've been thinking about making a bumper sticker up for the car..."Don't blame me, I voted for Munter!"

amckay Dec 10, 2007 05:51 PM said:

"Innocent until proven guilty" - I would not leave my job were I charged with something like this and I cannot expect him to either. To suggest otherwise is to fundamentally compromise the underpinnings of our democracy.

Besides, by everything I've seen so far I'd have to say the case is shakey at best. The charges that were actually layed surprised everyone because they seem to be a lot more tenuous than the original mutterings would have suggested. Even if he's convicted, the only thing Mayor O'Brien would be guilty of in my mind is extremely poor judgement, and I'm hardly one to fault another for that!

BTW, I also voted for Alex Munter - even still have the yard sign under my shed

Richgold Dec 10, 2007 09:22 PM said:

I agree with sblibre. He should step aside until everything has been cleared, guilty or no.

Preparing oneself for court is a time consuming, and distracting activity under the best circumstances. We need a leader who will be present for the city in every capacity. I cannot see how it will be possible for Mayor O' not be be focused on defending himself of these charges.

Your honor, give it up. Give up the seat.

Now, how do I get this message to you?

Miss Vicky Dec 10, 2007 09:51 PM said:

Well, there's a facebook group. Oh wait.... two facebook groups

or you can just email him: Larry.OBrien@ottawa.ca

[Edited By Miss Vicky Dec 10, 2007 09:53 PM]

sblibre Dec 10, 2007 11:52 PM said:


amckay, I strongly disagree. Professionals of all stripes when accused of wrongdoing are temporarily suspended, this includes teachers, cops, etc. Being suspended does not entail acceptance of guilt, but does show one is a responsible to the clients they serve. The charges against O'Brien are not a wild rumour, they are serious charge based on 8 months of investigations. This is especially important considering the charges are directly related to how his worship got the job in the first place.

I’ve given the Mayor my two cents. Just waiting for a reply….

maraobj Dec 11, 2007 09:26 AM said:

What bugs me most through all of this is what an embarrassment this is to our city. Who needs this?? He's got to step down. Not only has he not actually done anything in a year (also a major source of embarrassment) he's now just a laughingstock. His egotistical little experiment in dabbling in politics is blowing up- for all of us.

I've sent off my email to "his worhsip" and am looking forward to a reply as well.

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