On April 30, under the headline “When the personal intersects with the political, the public has the right to know,” theBreaker.news challenged Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum and Coun. Allison Patton to confirm or deny they are in a personal relationship.
Neither politician has replied.
It is in the public interest, because a personal relationship could influence the way a politician votes on policy and legislation. Ex-BC Liberal leader Gordon Wilson, ex-Richmond Mayor Greg Halsey-Brandt and ex-Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson all faced this dilemma while in office.
On May 1, Patton appeared on the South Surrey and White Rock Chamber of Commerce’s COVID-19 update webcast. Patton, a naturopath, was wearing a medical face shield supplied by a Surrey company and was sitting in a room inside her Mountain View Wellness Centre practice.
While another participant spoke, a man opened the door to the room where Patton was on camera. The man appeared surprised that a camera was pointed in that direction. Patton’s microphone was muted, so we do not know what was said.
Was that man McCallum? You be the judge. Watch and share the video.
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