Min­is­ter ap­points mayor for Welling­ton

Al­cide Bernard re­tains top job af­ter no one comes for­ward to lead com­mu­nity

Journal Pioneer - - FRONT PAGE - BY JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER STAFF With files from Cana­dian Press. News­room@Jour­nalPioneer.com

The pro­vin­cial govern­ment has re­sorted to ap­point­ing a mayor for the Ru­ral Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Welling­ton af­ter no one came for­ward for the job. Com­mu­ni­ties Min­is­ter Richard Brown an­nounced Thurs­day that Al­cide Bernard has been ap­pointed mayor of his com­mu­nity for a term ef­fec­tive Dec. 7 un­til Dec. 6, 2022. Brown had said pre­vi­ously that he would have to ap­point some­one if no one came for­ward.

Bernard was the pre­vi­ous chair­men and then mayor of Welling­ton be­fore and af­ter the new Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Act was passed ear­lier this year. How­ever, he an­nounced prior to the Nov. 5 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion that he wanted to step away from the roll and en­cour­aged an­other to take up the man­tle.

“I wanted to leave the op­por­tu­nity for oth­ers this time,” said Bernard, who pre­vi­ously served four terms as the mayor.

“It’s al­ways nice to be able to con­tribute to your com­mu­nity, and I’ve cer­tainly done as best as I could to serve.” How­ever, it ap­pears no one was in­ter­ested in tak­ing on the re­spon­si­bil­ity as no one came for­ward to run in the elec­tion.

The min­is­ter said he is grate­ful Bernard has agreed to keep the po­si­tion.

“I want to ex­press my sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Al­cide Bernard for his past ser­vice as mayor of the Ru­ral Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Welling­ton and thank him for ac­cept­ing this ap­point­ment,” said Brown. “He played a key role in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Mu­nic­i­pal Govern­ment Act which is help­ing to mod­ern­ize our mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and help­ing them deal with the com­plex chal­lenges fac­ing both ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas.” Ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties, Welling­ton is the only mu­nic­i­pal­ity in the prov­ince where the min­is­ter has had to ap­point some­one as mayor. All other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties ei­ther had some­one ac­claimed or had to hold an elec­tion.

It takes a min­i­mum of four coun­cil­lors to have a quo­rum and al­low a mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment to op­er­ate. If there had been a com­mu­nity with less than four can­di­dates, Brown would have had to ap­point peo­ple to be coun­cil­lors. How­ever, enough peo­ple came for­ward in all the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, in­clud­ing Welling­ton, to avoid hav­ing to ap­point peo­ple.

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