PORT MOODY (NEWS 1130) – The Port Moody woman who started a petition after Mayor Rob Vagramov was charged with sexual assault says he should still resign, even though he’s no longer facing prosecution.
Laura Dick has collected more than 1,100 signatures on her paper petition asking B.C. to create a law to force municipal politicians to quit if they have been convicted of a crime.
A sexual assault charge against Vagramov has been stayed after he completed an alternative measures program, meaning whether he’s guilty or not hasn’t been determined and charges against him have been terminated.
“He has not been found innocent. You know, alternative measures, from what I understand, really is an admission of a wrong-doing,” Dick says. “But I don’t know how we can continue for another three years with this cloud over the city. It’s not fair.”
Laura Dick says petition she started with fellow concerned citizen Anthony Sandler to be delivered to #Victoria by end of this month. It seeks legislation forcing all #BC politicians to quit if they've been convicted of a crime. No response yet from #RobVagramov or his lawyer.
— Marcella Bernardo (@Bernardo1130) November 13, 2019
Dick says she’s not surprised the charge against Vagramov has been stayed and she’s now expecting him to show up for work Thursday at City Hall.
But she doesn’t think he should.
“There has been enough backlash and enough public outcry and enough media attention, the provincial government understands this is no longer acceptable,” she says.
She thinks there could be hesitation by the B.C. government to follow-through on this type of legislation because nothing similar exists for provincial politicians.
Dick plans to deliver the petition she started with Anthony Sandler to Victoria by the end of November.