Oakville mayor accused of bias, petition calls for his resignation

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Published February 9, 2024 at 11:05 am

A petition calling on Oakville Mayor Rob Burton to resign has garnered more than 1,600 signatures in about a week.

Posted on change.org, the petition is in relation to comments made by Burton during a contentious town council meeting on Jan. 29.

A motion supporting a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and calling for the Town of Oakville council to continue to advocate for a lasting peace solution, a call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire (in Gaza); and release of all hostages, was ruled out of order by Burton.

He said it was being removed because it contravened Town bylaws that prevent council from considering business out of its jurisdiction.

Burton went on to say, “It also appears some members of the public may see the meeting [tonight] about the item as a platform to use to promote hatred and divisive antisemitic views. Delegations tonight appear to be intending to be problematic too.”

A four-hour meeting delay ensued as about two dozen delegates that had been hoping to speak at the meeting refused to leave council chambers.

The organizer of the petition accused Burton of bias in his decision to remove the agenda item as a similar item regarding the war in Ukraine was dealt with about two years ago.

“There has been a formal integrity complaint filed against Mayor Burton relating to his shown bias and potential systemic racism,” reads the petition.

“In addition, the actions of Mayor Burton breached the rights of the registered delegates under The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including under sections dealing with their Fundamental Freedoms and Equality Rights.”

Inhalton.com reached out to the Mayor’s office for comment, but had not heard back by the time this story was published.

To see the petition, visit here.

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