Calgary city council holds special meeting to discuss Magliocca’s expenses

On Wednesday, Calgary city council spent more than four hours in a closed-door meeting to discuss Coun. Joe Magliocca’s expenses.

The Ward 2 councillor has come under fire for expenses he claimed during the 2019 Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference in Quebec City.

Wednesday’s meeting focused on who would lead the investigation into Magliocca’s expenses since integrity commissioner Sal LoVecchio recused himself due to a potential conflict of interest.

LoVecchio said in a public statement on Feb. 11 that he shared a social lunch with Magliocca last summer, which the councillor later expensed to the city without his knowledge.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi said LoVecchio’s recusal caused an issue that city administration was not prepared to deal with.

No formal decision on who will replace the integrity commissioner was made on Wednesday, and Nenshi said there are still questions that need to be answered.

“Should it be the city auditor? Should we give the city auditor the ability to hire someone else?” Nenshi asked.

Council voted to keep the content of Wednesday’s closed-door meeting confidential.

They also voted in favour of appointing Nenshi as council’s spokesperson on the matter of councillors’ expenses and on the recusal of the integrity commissioner.

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