A committee has raised $207,000 to help Naheed Nenshi pay his legal bill from a settled defamation lawsuit.
Source: Committee raises $207K to help Nenshi repay legal bill from defamation lawsuit – Calgary – CBC News
This is insidious and wrong!.
- The City of Calgary should not have loaned Mr. Nenshi $300,00 in the first place;
- The City of Calgary should not be issuing tax receipts that can be used for tax deductions to people who donate money for repayment of the $300, 000; and
- The Council loan is a taxable benefit to Mr. Nenshi.
The entire Council, by approving this loan, is guilty by association of disrespect and contempt of citizen’s trust.
The war of words continued Monday between Calgary’s mayor and an outspoken business lobbyist over skyrocketing property taxes. After tax bills landed in mailboxes earlier this month, business owners across the city came forward with stories of massive tax increases. Some said the bills, combined with escalating costs and fewer patrons amid the continuing economic…
Source: Nenshi fires back over criticism of Calgary’s skyrocketing property tax bills
With friends (Nenshi) like this, who needs enemies?
The Calgary mayor plans to pay back the amount in full through fundraising, but is waiting for rules to be set before he begins soliciting funds
Source: City of Calgary fronts Naheed Nenshi’s $300K legal bill | Metro News
This is clearly a personal benefit for Mr. Nenshi and it is wrong for Council to pay the fees. His avowal to pay back the money indicates something is wrong.
To maintain that the alleged defamation occurred within the “scope of their duties” (and these duties have not been revealed) is unfounded. As just a candidate for mayor at the time of the alleged defamation he had no duties.
Council passed a motion in March granting the city solicitor the authority to determine whether councillors, members of city boards, commissions, committees and authorities should be indemnified by taxpayers should they land in legal hot water. They also agreed then to cover Nenshi’s legal bill provided he reimburse the city out of pocket or by soliciting donations.
Source: Nenshi racked up $300,000 in legal fees battling homebuilder’s defamation lawsuit | Calgary Herald
A very important question: was Nenshi mayor when he allegedly defamed Wenzel? Because a news report describes “a statement of claim alleging the mayor defamed him during the municipal election campaign“. [City fronts Nenshi tab, Calgary Metro, May 11, 2015, p. 1] This means that by law Nenshi was not Mayor, he was a just a candidate for Mayor.
Therefore, the Council should not have approved payment of his legal tab. It is clearly beyond Council’s authority; and is a personal benefit for the mayor.