As expected, Mayor Naheed Nenshi found himself on the hot seat at Monday’s meeting of Calgary City Council.
The mayor’s colleagues wanted more information about the now-viral video of his comments while in Boston about drive sharing company Uber. Naheed Nenshi repeated his apology to the Uber CEO admitting he was “a bit of a jerk.”
Nenshi says he’s surprised no one asked him how the city knew someone with a conviction slipped through Uber’s background checks.
“Although I did not speak very clearly, we did announce back in January or February–as part of our concerns about the background screening process that was being suggested by that transportation network company–that at least one person who we knew had an active charge–well I thought it was an active charge, it turns out it was actually a conviction for assault.”
Council has voted to have the city’s Integrity Commissioner investigate the issue and the city has also issued a written statement which is included below.
Recent media coverage may have resulted in questions about the conduct of City staff during the course of investigating the Transportation Network Company (TNC) industry.
In 2015 October, Council directed Administration to examine options to regulate TNCs for Council’s consideration. To develop its recommendations, Administration needed to understand the operations of the TNC industry.
The City’s priority in regard to the operation of taxis, limousines and TNCs has always been to try to ensure public safety. Administration’s primary focus was vehicle safety, driver qualifications and insurance coverage.
Administration used customary and appropriate investigative techniques to assess public safety, develop an understanding of the TNC industry, and determine whether offences were being committed.