Halton Hills mayor disappointed at police chief’s recent travel


Published January 10, 2021 at 12:12 pm

Weighing in on Halton police chief Steve Tanner’s recent decision to travel outside the country, Halton Hills mayor Rick Bonnette said he found the events to be “disappointing.”

“We have all had to make sacrifices during COVID-19; not seeing loved ones, not socializing the way we wish and staying home as much as possible,” said Bonnette, who assured residents that no members of Halton Hills Town Council have traveled outside of Canada during the province’s lockdown order.

Unlike Oakville mayor and Halton Police Board Chair Rob Burton, who reportedly approved of Tanner’s trip to Florida, Bonnette says he had no knowledge of the travel plans.

“Further, let me say that recent events involving the Halton Police Chief’s travel are disappointing. Please know that none of us – including Regional Councillors Clark Somerville and Jane Fogal and me, had any knowledge of the Chief’s travel plans,” Bonnette added.

Tanner, who says the purpose of his trip was to “address personal business matters” at a property in Florida, apologized for travelling on January 8 and said he would return to Canada this weekend.

Burlington mayor Marianne Meed Ward was similarly disappointed with the incident, saying it “erodes public trust at a time we need to work with the community to defeat COVID-19.”

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