Brampton Resident With Controversial Past Joins Police Board
There’s a new member of the Peel Police Services Board and he’s from Brampton, but he has been alleged to have been involved in some controversial activity in the past.
Ron Chatha, a Brampton based real estate broker, was appointed by the provincial government to serve a three year term on the board.
Thank you Chief McCord for the warm introduction today. It was an honour to be sworn in as a newest member of the Peel Police Services Board.I look forward to working W/ Chief & everyone at Peel Regional Police. Thanks everyone for all the calls & messages today @PeelPoliceMedia pic.twitter.com/j4tbe7X270— Ron Chatha (@RonChatha) February 2, 2019
Chatha also serves as a board member on the Peel Children’s Aid Foundation and has also served on Brampton’s School Traffic Safety Council. He is also currently the Vice Chair for the Committee of Adjustment and Minor Variance for the City of Brampton.
Mayor Patrick Brown and a number of local officials and community leaders also offered their congratulations to Chatha for his new appointment.
But according to a story from the Globe and Mail, Chatha was an organizer for businessman Kevin O’Leary during his campaign for the leadership of the federal Conservatives. He was accused in an affidavit signed by six Sikh-Canadians alleging that Chatha (on behalf of O’Leary) offered to pay for their memberships.
“I was approached by Ron Chatha from the Kevin O’Leary team to provide names and addresses for myself and friends, so they could sign up for the Conservative Party of Canada [and] not to worry about the fees as they will take care of it. But I discussed with my friends, they said they had to pay for the membership so we decided not [to] sign for membership,” the six men said in the signed affidavit.
Chatha subsequently denied the accusations, saying he had only signed up his family for memberships.
His term began on January 2019 and will last until January 2022.
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