Coun­cil con­sid­ers code of con­duct

Con­cerns follow furor over al­leged racist state­ments by Colch­ester of­fi­cials

Cape Breton Post - - News | Cape Breton/Province - BY SALTWIRE NET­WORK STAFF

Racist com­ments al­legedly made by two Colch­ester County coun­cil­lors have prompted coun­cil to seek di­rec­tion on proper con­duct for elected of­fi­cials re­gard­ing racism and dis­crim­i­na­tion.

Dur­ing a spe­cial meet­ing Wed­nes­day night, coun­cil unan­i­mously passed a two-part mo­tion to have staff in­ves­ti­gate and re­port back on in­for­ma­tion about the Union of Nova Sco­tia Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties code of con­duct as well as from the Cana­dian Coali­tion of Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Against Racism and Dis­crim­i­na­tion.

The mo­tion was dis­cussed dur­ing an in-cam­era ses­sion that lasted an hour-and-a-half.

Prior to the in-cam­era ses­sion, coun­cil of­fi­cially ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion of Dist. 9 Coun. Doug MacInnes.

“The is­sue that has led to my de­ci­sion to re­sign started for my­self over three years ago,” said MacInnes. “I truly be­lieved the sit­u­a­tion would get bet­ter as time went on but ob­vi­ously it has not. Sadly for the ma­jor­ity of the coun­cil­lors at our ta­ble, they would have no idea of the is­sues of racism evolv­ing around them.”

MacInnes re­ferred in his let­ter to a coun­cil dis­cus­sion that oc­curred sev­eral years ago in which he said racist com­ments were made.

MacInnes also re­ferred to com­ments that al­legedly were over­heard in a Truro restau­rant in late April be­tween two coun­cil­lors and an un­elected cit­i­zen in which racist re­marks were said to have been made against Mus­lims along with a sug­ges­tion that Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau should be killed be­cause of his im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy re­gard­ing Mus­lims.

Coun­cil­lors Tom Tag­gart and Lloyd Gibbs have pre­vi­ously ac­knowl­edged they were the coun­cil­lors in the restau­rant at the time the dis­cus­sion was al­leged to have oc­curred. Both have adamantly de­nied making any racist com­ments about Mus­lims or that there was any sug­ges­tion about killing the prime min­is­ter.

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