Com. Rick Chiarelli on the streets of Ottawa to protest the occupation

The College ward councilor said he wanted to hear what protesters were saying without relying on media reports.

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Is Cons. Is Rick Chiarelli positioning himself as a peacemaker of the protest?

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This week, Chiarelli appeared in an interview streamed online by Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson, a host and leader of the BC Christian Heritage Party.

Thompson told viewers that Chiarelli reached out to her and then called him a “hero.”

“Whenever you find yourself in a conflict like this, it’s normally the job of politicians to start a dialogue with both sides and make sure everyone feels heard and there’s a reaction to it. what they say,” Chareilli told him.

Chiarelli continues, “There are only two ways to get rid of your enemy in this case, if you call him your enemy, and one of them is to make him your friend.”

The College ward councilor said he wanted to hear what protesters were saying without relying on media reports.

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Chiarelli also said that when he heard Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly say there might not be a police solution to the crisis, the adviser understood that to mean that could fall to politicians.

When Thompson asked if he took heat from fellow board members when he spoke, Chiarelli replied, “Of course, but again, I know most of it is planted by board members who prefer I quit the board, so they get their friends to go on and say negative things about me.

The board suspended Chiarelli’s pay for 450 days this term after the Integrity Commissioner found he repeatedly violated the code of conduct during lewd interactions with former employees and future prospects. use.

In the final minutes of the video, Chiarelli then listened to Dr. Paul Alexander, a COVID-19 vaccine skeptic who advised the Donald Trump administration in the United States.

The adviser was also recorded by Thompson strolling downtown to speak to protesting occupiers.

“We need more people like this guy,” a man says after learning that Chiarelli is a city councilor.

Another man in a van said he felt bad for disrupting the lives of Ottawa citizens when they were already stressed by the pandemic.

“You happen to live in the community where we need to go,” the man said, telling Chiarelli, “Sorry man.”

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