Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi has been the subject of controversy over the last two months after he made disparaging remarks about ride-sharing giant Uber. A report into the incident is to be made public by the integrity commissioner, with the report set to finalize whether the allegations against Nenshi are true.
“He’s free to speak about city business as long as it’s not something confidential. You know, so I’m not investigating that,” he told CBC. “The only issue is whether what he said was accurate or not.”
The official made a disparaging remark about Uber CEO Travis Kalanick while taking a ride in rival company Lyft during a trip to Boston.
Nenshi was critical of Uber’s background checks for drivers while described CEO Kalanick with a coarse word that has caused controversy. The mayor was in Boston to give a talk at MIT when he used Lyft while unaware the driver was livestreaming the conversation to Periscope.
In the wake of the comments, Nenshi has apologized to the city council and the matter will now be sent to the Integrity Commissioner for review.
Nenshi has not elaborated on his comments about drivers checks, but he did say during the ride that the company has passed a driver with a criminal record. He says this was not a breach of confidential information.
“Who knew I’d have my very own episode of Taxicab Confessions? I should have stuck with Carpool Karaoke,” Nenshi said in the release Saturday afternoon.
“I was not aware that this driver was live broadcasting our discussion on the Internet, and he certainly didn’t have my consent to do so.”