Former London, Ont. councillor slams integrity commissioner

City of London integrity commissioner Gregory Stewart received calls about the mayor's affair, though none of them are for formal requests for action at this point.

Integrity commissioner Gregory Stewart not taking mayor's affair seriously, says former city councillor

London Mayor Matt Brown, right, will take a temporary leave of absence after having an affair with a fellow city councillor. (Matt Brown/Facebook)

A former London city councillor has no faith Mayor Matt Brown will face any repercussions for the sex scandal that has rocked city hall this week.

Megan Walker, now the executive director for the London Abused Women's Shelter, says the city's integrity commissioner has already deemed the issue "trite."

Commissioner Gregory Stewart made the comment in an interview with the Toronto Star, well ahead of his meeting with Brown.

"He hasn't even investigated yet or met with Matt Brown and yet already has predetermined that this issue is a trite one. I think that's appalling and I have no confidence in that," said Walker.

Integrity meeting

Brown met with the commissioner Thursday afternoon after admitting this week he had an affair with former deputy mayor Maureen Cassidy. The mayor has already vowed to follow any direction given by the commissioner.

Walker, though, expects nothing will come from the integrity office, particularly given the commissioner's early assessment of the situation.

Brown said he wants to determine whether his conduct may have resulted in any breach of his professional responsibilities as mayor.

Commissioner Gregory Stewart received several complaints about the mayor's affair, though he says at this point they're not formal requests for action. He has yet to decide whether they warrant an investigation.

His meeting with Brown will focus on his role as an advisor for council, outlining code of conduct guidelines.
Stewart says the only details he has about the explosive revelations involving Brown and Cassidy has come from news media reports.

With files from Gary Ennett