Maghnieh to announce council decision tonight
Embattled Coun. Al Maghnieh is to address his fellow councillors Tuesday night, weeks after it was learned he charged thousands of dollars in personal expenses on a library-issued credit credit.
Maghnieh stepped down as library chair in the wake of the revelations. He then stepped down from his full-time job at the Catholic school board.
Tonight, Maghnieh should reveal whether he plans to remain on council.
He confirmed to CBC News that he has made a decision. He won't discuss it until he addresses council at the meeting.
Several of his colleagues had said Maghnieh should step down. They said it would be in the best interest of the city, citing council needs people with the utmost integrity.
Mayor Eddie Francis said if Maghnieh decides to stay, he faces an uphill battle to rebuild relationships with council and the community.
"The biggest issue is the trust issue," Francis said.
He doesn't think it's doable.
Council can't remove Maghnieh from his position as councillor but a week ago it removed Maghnieh from all boards, committees and agencies.
"Council took very serious action last week. It's unprecedented," Francis said.
Councillors also asked the city's integrity commissioner to investigate his misuse of the library credit card, as well as anyone else implicated.
Maghnieh said he will co-operate fully.