Some recommended changes to the integrity commissioner bylaw have been rejected by Hamilton politicians.
They’ve voted not to eliminate a $100 fee for filing a complaint against a member of city council, with Councillor Tom Jackson noting that the fee is a “cause for pause” against frivolous and vexatious attacks.
Councillors have also voted to leave the imposing of penalties to the integrity commissioner to prevent it from becoming a political decision.
One change that was approved, is to delete the requirement for an affidavit from a complainant.
Ancaster’s Lloyd Ferguson stresses that he’d like to see the bylaw protections go even further, by dismissing a complaint against an elected official, if the person filing it speaks to the media. He feels that would make the process “fair to both sides”.
The integrity commissioner has been asked to “consider” such a change.