Canadian Mayor to City Council: Sober Up

Time to lay off the booze, Halifax councilors told
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2010 6:48 AM CDT
Some Halifax councilors have become notorious for heavy drinking, even for a city that prides itself as a party town.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Some politicians' actions might lead you to speculate about their level of inebriation, but the mayor of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is telling his city council members in no uncertain terms to sober up. Mayor Peter Kelly says he's been fielding complaints from members of the public and other council members about the behavior of drunk councilors, the Globe and Mail reports.

Kelly, in a memo leaked to the press, urged council members to contact the police if they suspected their colleagues were driving drunk. “A number of councillors, staff as well as members of the public have approached me with concerns about the abuse of alcohol—including drinking and driving—by some members of Council,” he wrote. “… this is an extremely serious issue. I would ask that members of Council pause and reflect on the ramifications, should a tragedy occur.”

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