A group of Port Moody residents have collected just under 1,000 signatures for a petition that demands forced leave for any politician that is criminally charged.
The petition was originated by resident, Laura Dick who with her partner Anthony Sandler have been spokespeople for their group of residents.
This petition was started in light of Port Moody Mayor, Rob Vagramov’s sexual assault charges. There is currently no rule in BC specifying what elected officials must do when facing criminal charges.
Last year, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, of which Port Moody is a member, passed a resolution asking the province to create a law requiring a mandatory leave of absence for officials facing charges. However, that law has yet to be enacted at the provincial level.
“We just feel that if they had acted faster, then we would not be in the position we are in now. We are hoping that with the petition we are adding another level of pressure onto the government.” -Laura Dick, Port Moody resident