Two opposing rallies about embattled Coun. Sean Chu were held in Calgary on Saturday: the pro-Chu side gathered at Olympic Plaza while the anti-Chu group was outside city hall.
Chu came under fire following a CBC News story, published days before the October civic election, alleging misconduct with a minor while he was a Calgary Police Service officer in 1997.
Chu won the Ward 4 seat by 100 votes, said he would not step down and was sworn in for his second councillor term on Oct. 25.
“We believe, for the democratic process, if elected by people, by an election, he should stay. He should have equal rights as other councillors,” said Steven Jin, a pro-Chu rally organizer.
Steven Harding, a Ward 4 resident who was part of the resign Chu rally, said he voted for Chu in the past — but not this time.
“He was democratically elected under the wrong pretences because information came out a day or two too late,” he said.
The CBC News story was published Oct. 15; the municipal election was Oct. 18.
“There is no way that he should be representing anybody.”
“He’s been kicked off the two base committees, so I don’t have any representation in the city and that’s what pisses me off.”
Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister Ric McIver previously said he does not have the authority under the Municipal Government Act to remove a duly elected member of council.