Nepean Green Party riding associations call for Rick Chiarelli to resign from Ottawa City Council
The Nepean Provincial and Federal Green Party riding associations of Ontario and Canada are calling on Rick Chiarelli to step down from his position as City Councillor in College Ward, in the west end of Ottawa.
Over a year ago, when allegations against Rick Chiarelli were first made public, the residents of College Ward in Nepean were concerned, shocked, and deeply disturbed. Having faith in the City's investigative process, the Green Party associations of Nepean have not spoken out on this issue in order to respect the victims and to allow the Integrity Commissioner to conduct a thorough investigation, unhampered by any political interference.
Now that the Integrity Commissioner has found Rick Chiarelli indeed behaved inappropriately towards his own staff, with all the sordid details of these transgressions now common knowledge, Mr. Chiarelli’s continued refusal to step down shows a blatant disregard for the wellbeing of his employees and of women everywhere. As residents of Nepean and College Ward, we are calling for Mr. Chiarelli to resign from City Council immediately.
To the victims of Mr. Chiarelli’s egregious behaviour:
You are courageous heroes for coming forward. Most of us cannot begin to comprehend what you have been through or how this has impacted you, your families, and your personal relationships. You have overcome years of abuse and harassment from a politician that may have once seemed ‘untouchable’. Your honesty and bravery will prevail.
We expect to see more Ottawa-area politicians, of all political stripes, step-up and call for Rick Chiarelli to end this ridiculous situation. Especially politicians he has worked closely with in Nepean like Lisa Macleod, PC MPP for Nepean; Chandra Arya, Liberal MP for Nepean; Jeremy Roberts, PC MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean; Jan Harder, City Councillor for Ward 3 in Barrhaven and Planning Committee Chair; Keith Egli, City Councillor in Ward 9, Knoxdale-Merivale; and Scott Moffatt, City Councillor for Ward 21, Rideau-Goulbourn, who has been overseeing Rick Chiarelli’s duties for College Ward since his removal from Council.
The Nepean Greens