An analysis of several hundred pages of internal City of Vancouver documents reveals actions taken by City Staff which demonstrate a gross failure to observe the City’s own Code of Conduct. Whether intentional or not, these actions have had the effect of subverting Council’s authority, prejudicing the outcome of the multi-million dollar, publicly funded Broadway Plan and, most critically, eroding the public’s faith in a bedrock principle of our democracy – the impartiality of the civil service. Moreover, when looked at as a timeline of events, these actions raise serious ethical questions which cannot be overlooked, and should be investigated by an independent auditor.
The City of Vancouver’s Code of Conduct, Sections 1.4, 2.3 and 2.6 state that "Council officials, staff and advisory board members…must build and inspire the public’s trust and confidence in local government”, and “…consider issues consistently and fairly." Section 2.8 asks, “Will the outcome of the decision or conduct provide a private benefit for business interests?”, and “Can the decision or conduct be justified in terms of the public interest and would it withstand public scrutiny?”