Council considers code of conduct
Concerns follow furor over alleged racist statements by Colchester officials
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.