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Chair Bradley’s statement regarding inappropriate comments by Councillor Bylsma

​Regional Councillors, like all elected officials, hold a position of influence and authority in our community. When communicating with residents, it is absolutely imperative that they do so with the greatest respect for the individual, understanding that some may feel obligated to respond even if they may not be fully comfortable doing so.

It is for these reasons that I am deeply concerned and troubled that Councillor Bylsma would engage in conversation with a resident about personal matters that are so clearly none of his concern.

It is exceptionally disappointing that a statement needs to be issued on a topic of conversation that is so obviously inappropriate. These types of interactions are embarrassing, and reflect poorly on our entire community.

I want to be clear: I completely condemn the Councillor’s conduct in regard to this matter. This behaviour is not becoming of a Regional Councillor, nor is it the type of conduct the public expects and deserves from an elected official.

Finally, I want to express my sincere apology to the individual who was subjected to this interaction: it is offensive and unacceptable. I also want the public to know that this behaviour does not reflect Regional Council’s values, nor our Code of Conduct.

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Daryl Barnhart
Niagara Region

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