Two rallies have been held in Calgary on Sunday targeted on Ward 4 councillor-elect Sean Chu: one in assist of Chu and one demanding he step down.
Demonstrators shouted throughout Macleod Path on Sunday afternoon whereas police stood between the 2 teams — supporters of Chu on one aspect and people calling for his resignation on the opposite.
“He has confirmed in lots of ways in which he’s a superb citizen. He’s a superb alderman, and his folks clearly need him again in energy as a result of they elected him once more,” stated Les Baisi, who was at Olympic Plaza becoming a member of round 200 different Chu supporters.
Throughout the road, at metropolis corridor, round 200 folks gathered demanding that Chu resign.
“I believe if Sean Chu was actually in regards to the folks of this metropolis, he would do the fitting factor and resign,” stated Jennifer Elliott.
“I believe that Sean Chu ought to resign on his personal. Clearly, that’s not going to occur. I believe he ought to be fired, and I believe there ought to be one other investigation.”
Chu is going through strain to resign following a CBC News story about an investigation into his conduct as a Calgary police officer involving a minor.
In response to Calgary’s police chief, Chu was discovered responsible of 1 rely of discreditable conduct. No legal costs have been laid within the case.
“It’s not good. All of us have been youthful or made a poor resolution sooner or later in our life,” stated Bradley Gunning, who was on the pro-Chu rally.
Diana Borak, who was on the different rally, stated it’s important that public officers perceive with their higher accountability comes higher accountability.
“Simply because he wasn’t charged with against the law, it doesn’t imply that he’s match to function an individual in elected workplace,” Borak stated.
Some Ward 4 residents are calling for an additional probability to vote. Paula Breeze stated the outcomes would have been completely different if voters had the identical details about Chu that they’ve now.
“I believe the group shall be divided on an ongoing foundation. I believe council shall be divided on the matter on an ongoing foundation. I don’t suppose that day by day points for Ward 4 might be adequately managed. I do suppose that our group wouldn’t have chosen Sean Chu if each voter had the identical info,” Breeze stated on the metropolis corridor rally.
Chu gained by 100 votes. His supporters stated the election outcomes should be revered.
“This isn’t meant to be a cakewalk. He represents Ward 4, and Ward 4 needs a fiscal steadiness in our metropolis and so he’s there to talk for us. I don’t foresee that it’s going to be straightforward for him, however on the identical time, that’s who we’ve got voted for,” Gunning stated.
Mount Royal College affiliate professor Lori Williams predicts Chu won’t be able to successfully characterize his ward.
“I believe that’s going to fall to different councillors to attempt to characterize the folks of Ward 4 as a result of Sean Chu in some ways won’t be able to do this. That’s solely due to his decisions. Not simply due to his decisions from 24 years in the past, however his decisions within the final week and a half,” Williams stated.
On Thursday, Chu stated he wouldn’t resign, and Calgary’s new mayor-elect stated she gained’t participate in swearing-in Chu on Monday.
Chu didn’t reply to requests for touch upon Sunday.
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