Council ‘dysfunction’ debated
Emotions again run high in Clarke’s Beach; mayor targetted for criticism
It’s 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 19, and about two dozen people are standing in the Clarke’s Beach town office front entryway, waiting to be allowed into the council chamber.
This is the first town council meeting since the elected officials were labelled Canada’s most dysfunctional municipality by Maclean’s magazine.
On the agenda, third from last, is an item labeled “Maclean’s magazine article,” submitted by deputy mayor Kevin Hussey.
But first, council attends to their annual Christmas dinner. They decide that yes, they will all meet at an undetermined location for an informal dinner with their fellow councillors.
It all seems cordial enough, with no indication that the council has been labelled the country’s most troubled municipality.
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Then Hussey is given the floor, and asks the question of his fellow councillors: “are we dysfunctional?”
There is a pause, and the once quiet gallery is now the source of much rustling, as people shift in their seats, some muttering to their neighbour. They quiet down, and there is a pause.
“I’m not sure we deserve it, but we got it,” said Hussey, who said he doesn’t think the council is dysfunctional.