Time for a code of conduct: Clement

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Coun. Bernadette Clement

CORNWALL, Ontario - City councillors should one day soon look at creating a code of conduct to govern their actions, believes at least one member of Cornwall’s municipal body.

Councillors learned Monday night they are not contravening the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act when it comes to sitting on outside boards and agencies, despite concerns from critics that they should not set policy for community groups while also voting to award some of those same groups municipal money.

“We could go further and have a really interesting debate,” said Coun. Bernadette Clement. “The public is looking for leadership around council tables more and more.”

Administrators drafted a report and received an opinion from its lawyer that suggests councillors can sit on boards and not contravene the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.

The issue came to a head following comments made by Coun. Elaine  MacDonald at a council meeting last year where she advocated on behalf of the local Agape Centre receiving a municipal grant for facade improvement.

Critics have charged that MacDonald, who sits as an independent member of the Agape Centre board, should not be voting on issues concerning the charity.

Organizations: Agape Centre

Geographic location: Ontario

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