Petty pol­i­tics de­means coun­cil

Windsor Star - - OPINION - Pete Thomas, Wind­sor

Re: Bor­tolin chided for ‘hyper­bole’ over rape-in-al­ley com­ment, by Brian Cross, May 8.

Petty pol­i­tics wastes time and money, and re­duces re­spect for those who play the game. Ac­cord­ing to this story, Coun. Rino Bor­tolin did apol­o­gize for his poor choice of words. Those who thought his hy­po­thet­i­cal ex­am­ple was real were few and far be­tween. When con­fronted with his hyper­bole, Bor­tolin read­ily apol­o­gized for his words.

Then Coun. Jo-Anne Gignac lodges a com­plaint with the sup­port of fel­low coun­cil­lors. Our in­tegrity com­mis­sioner did an in­ves­ti­ga­tion at the ex­pense of tax­pay­ers and came up with the need for an al­ready given apol­ogy, along with an op­por­tu­nity for fel­low coun­cil­lors to at­tack and be­lit­tle Bor­tolin.

In my opin­ion, tax­pay­ers were on the hook for an un­nec­es­sary in­ves­ti­ga­tion and a de­mean­ing at­tack upon a sin­cere and hard work­ing coun­cil­lor.

I feel that our in­tegrity com­mis­sioner lacked com­mon sense and re­spect in this need­less judg­ment. Wind­sorites de­serve bet­ter.

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