The de facto leader of the Vancouver Greens has condemned the handling of a conflict of interest complaint, which was revealed on Straight.com today.
Coun. Adriane Carr tweeted that there was no due process after a city-contracted investigator, lawyer Raymond Young, concluded that Green councillor Michael Wiebe violated the Vancouver Charter.
In his 14-page report to the mayor's office, Young declared that Wiebe is "disqualified" from holding local office until the next election.
In his recommendations, Young stated that it would be "appropriate" for Wiebe to resign his seat on council.
Carr, however, noted that in the investigation, there were no meetings with legal counsel or a mediator.
"Report released to @georgiastraight before councillor receives it," Carr stated. "Who's in charge of ensuring Code of Conduct process is fair? Mayor's office!"
That earned a rebuke from former NPA councillor George Affleck.
Young's report was stamped "confidential". It explained that Wiebe voted on motions before council in May—and proposed an amendment to one—dealing with the temporary expedited patio program.
Wiebe's East 8th Avenue restaurant and lounge, Eight 1/2, was among the first applicants to receive temporary patio permits in early June.
After the Straight reported this on June 5, Wiebe tweeted that he was told that he was not in a conflict because the policy is "city wide".
Young's report, however, rejected that assertion.
Meanwhile, another person with a history in politics who's come to Wiebe's defence is Gabe Garfinkel, a former B.C. Liberal candidate in Vancouver-Fairview.
Coincidentally, rumours are flying that Affleck might be the B.C. Liberal candidate in that very same constituency if there's a fall election.
"We have bigger issues to deal with—from homelessness and safety to small businesses and housing affordability," Garfinkel tweeted in rejecting any suggestion that Wiebe should resign.
"Better for the city to have a voice for restaurant owners and workers at the table too," he added.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Garfinkel is general manager of Native Northwest, which markets art by Indigenous artists.
He is also chair of the Liberal Party of Canada in British Columbia.