Rick Green was accused of being “abrasive and disrespectful” by a man who claims he “strongly supported” his bid for the mayor’s chair in the 2008 civic election.
Sukhi Dhami, who ran unsuccessful for a seat as a councillor, stood before Green on Monday afternoon, accusing the mayor of “inviting” the police investigation into his conduct as a result of his “governance methods and actions as mayor.”
Dhami said he worked hard on Green’s campaign “and encouraged my relatives and friends to do the same. I now deeply regret ever helping Rick Green be elected as mayor.”
Dhami pressed Green to step aside while a special prosecutor appointed by the government reviews the RCMP investigation into Green’s conduct.
“Mayor Green, this is not about you. You recently stated that you will not be intimidated into resigning. Our delegation is not meant to intimidate, but to point out the simple facts,” Dhami said.
These include the mayor’s “abrasive and disrespectful” leadership style, Dhami said.
“Although the taxpayers elected a council to work with you, you worked against them and routinely ignored the will of council,” Dhami said.
“Council members have been relegated to a second-class status,” Dhami said,
“The office of the mayor has gone from an occasional tie-breaking voter and peace broker to a “me” against them assault vehicle.”
Dhami was joined by Joe Zaccaria who echoed demands for Green to step aside.
Zaccaria said that since the 2008 election “a dark cloud has hung over the Township of Langley. This cloud has pitted neighbour against neighbour, caused people to call each other terrible names, heckle and disrespect others with opposing viewpoints, and ridicule professionals employed by the Township of Langley.”
He said that council meetings “have become a three-ring circus, without a leader to uphold the rule of law or the decorum that once existed during public meetings.”
He, too, asked Green to step down as mayor until the special prosecutor’s report is released.
Green did not respond to either of the men who spoke at council’s afternoon meeting. He said later that he will not step down, and plans to run for office in November.
“I’m looking forward to the upcoming campaign and will put my faith in their (voters’) hands.”
He called the attacks on him “another example of an attempt at intimidation and bullying.”
Zaccaria and Dhami are taking their anti-Green campaign back to Township Hall for a rally on Friday, July 15, at 1:30 p.m.
Details of a “Green Button Campaign” will be announced at that time, Zaccaria said.