Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Mayor McKay Concerned For Personal Assets

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At the March 2 Nanaimo city council meeting, Mayor McKay explained why he was supporting a motion put forward by Councillor Thorpe which is in direct opposition to a motion put forward by Councillor Yoachim on Feb. 2 and passed by council 7:1.

If you listen to the above video you will hear Mayor McKay say:

"Very well respected lawyer in our community who is also an MLA said to me "you better be careful because once they place an order on you that you can be held criminally negligent". This didn't come from staff, didn't come from the dam safety branch, it came from a well respected member of the Legislative Assembly. Am I concerned, the reason I voted against, err, voted in favour of the motion that Councillor Thorpe put forward is because if something, if they start doing something, we don't know what they are going to do, but if they do, I want my vote to be on the other side of that because I certainly don't want to put my personal assets on the line, because we are going to quibble about a few, you know, cubic metres here or cubic metres there, we've been ordered to do something here, we're just going to have to see how it plays out."

There are a few conclusions one might take away from this utterance of Mayor McKay in which he is supporting a motion put by Councillor Thorpe which is in direct opposition to the Feb. 2 motion supported by this Mayor and council put forward by Councillor Yoachim.

It is curious why Councillor Thorpe's motion was not ruled out of order by Mayor McKay due to it being in contradiction to the previously passed motion by Councillor Yoachim.

He seems to think the letter received from DSS is on par with 'once they place an order on you', which is the advice presumably given by MLA Leonard Krog. (Advice given as MLA or lawyer?).

Mayor McKay would seem to place acting in the interest of his personal assets above the interests of the city of Nanaimo taxpayers.



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