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Why Larry should step down

Tue Dec 11, 2007 Miss Vicky 

Yesterday the CBC called me for comment on the charges against Mayor Larry. I told them I hadn't yet decided whether I felt the Mayor should step down. Either decision carries some pretty massive implications for the city, and I wanted to think it through a bit before I decided to jump on any bandwagon.

Ultimately, I said, it's the Mayor's decision. His indication yesterday that he wanted to hear from citizens and his council colleagues was, I felt, a bit of a cop-out. He's not under any legal obligation to set aside while the courts determine the validity of the charges. But he has to decide whether he feels he can do his job effectively while he is navigating the judicial process, whether his credibility has been undermined by this scandal, and whether he is capable of being the kind of leader this city needs right now. And only the mayor can make that determination.

Unfortunately, I am not convinced that the mayor's arrogance will let him put his own interests aside for the good of the city. This is, after all, a man who continues to insist that "zero means zero" when all evidence shows that the city's financial position is unsustainable. But for what it's worth, here's why I think Larry should step aside.

This city is in crisis, on several fronts. We have a dysfunctional council that all too often splits down the middle on fractious issues. We have a budget process that has been in disarray for several years running, the legacy of a decade of misguided tax freezes, provincial downloading and federal neglect of municipalities. Our transportation system is a mess, thanks to unchecked suburban development, rising fares accompanied by declining standards of service, and a failed attempt to bring light rail to the city. Oh yes, and there's that multi-million dollar lawsuit arising from said failed attempt.

Setting aside what I feel about Larry's failure to rise to these challenges so far, it is glaringly obvious that the spectre of the OPP investigation has already made it very difficult to lead the city effectively. His credibility was undermined from the time the allegations were made, and the lengthy investigation only fueled the rumours and questions surrounding his leadership. Now that the charges have actually materialized (and I highly doubt the crown would actually lay such serious charges against a public official if they didn't think they would stick), O'Brien faces a potentially lengthy trial... a trial that will be about as public as trials get. Anyone who thinks this won't interfere in his ability to do his job is seriously deluded.

We need a mayor that can put their nose to the grindstone and start tackling this city's problems (and I don't mean the fake problems, like O'Brien's manufactured conflict with senior city management)... someone who can build consensus among councillors and restore the confidence and morale of city staff. We need someone whose vision for the city extends beyond corporate buzzwords and vague promises of running the city "like a business". The Mayor has had over a year to bring some substance to the table and show us some concrete ideas. He hasn't, and now he seems to be willing to drag the entire city through a lengthy period of uncertainty and turmoil while he deals with these allegations. Four years is too short a mandate to maintain a holding pattern until this issue is resolved. Better that O'Brien step aside now, so the rest of the city can get on with things.

Of course, the nagging question is: if he steps aside, then what? Is he resigning or taking an extended leave until the court decides one way or the other? If he resigns, council has two choices: appoint a replacement, or hold a by-election. Neither option is particularly appealing. But given the divisions among the councillors I am highly skeptical that they would be able to find an appointee that everyone could agree on. An election, of course, would be costly and a hassle for everyone. And there's the whole issue of who - who would run, or who'd be willing to take an appointment if that were the route council chose.

If the mayor requests a leave, I believe that council would have to consent. Right now the role of deputy mayor rotates every couple of months, so if the deputy mayor becomes acting mayor, does that mean that we'd have a different mayor every couple of months, potentially for the remainder of this council's mandate (depending on how long this trial lasts)? No matter what our political leanings are, there are prospects there to make any of us shudder at the thought: Mayor Gord Hunter, Mayor Alex Cullen, Mayor Bob Monette... see what I mean?

No matter which way you slice it, council faces a political minefield. The Mayor needs to end the uncertainty and decide once and for all what he is going to do, so council can get to work on dealing with the fallout.

UPDATE: While I was writing this, the Mayor announced his decision to stay on. Score one for arrogance, 0 for leadership.

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Flanders Dec 11, 2007 01:23 PM said:

The precendents are mixed - while there's no convention that says an elected official such as an M.P. or M.P.P. must resign while a criminal investigation is underway, it's typical that a cabinet minister would give up her or his portfolio in such circumstances...The mayor's post is in the middle - he's directly elected, and not drawn from the ranks of councillors...It strikes me as odd that the deputy mayor post isn't more official than you describe it, Vicky...if it were, that would be the obvious answer - take a leave and let the deputy mayor take over. As it is, I don't think he's doing the right thing for the city by staying on while the charges are out there - presumption of innocence notwithstanding...

Miss Vicky Dec 11, 2007 01:28 PM said:

I think the precariousness of the deputy mayor position is what makes me most uncomfortable about the leave option.

adavidso Dec 11, 2007 01:53 PM said:

This whole situation makes me wonder if things might not be different if the mayor didn't have the financial and legal resources that Larry has. So much for equal access to the law. It's clear that no one wants to lock horns with him. Hopefully justice will prevail.

Nat Dec 11, 2007 02:18 PM said:

I'm with you and think that the charges would not have been laid without a solid case. (Jeff and I were discussing last night, and The Citizen alludes to things that 'they can't publish.) But if the Mayor were an honorable man, he'd step aside for the time being. But I can't see him doing that. Case or no, it taints his leadership.

(Man Alex Munter must be pissed.)

Richgold Dec 12, 2007 08:29 AM said:

From the court of public opinion, it's clear those who are writing into the CBC, local news papers and such are asking that he step aside for the duration.

Two people in Old Ottawa South are pulling out their old election signs to make a more public statement.

Yes, there is the presumption of innocence, as these charges directly address the election process and of this candidate, to clear his name he would stand aside (unless he's "got the cat in the bat" so to speak). >:D

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