Decision on council role up to Brotherston: mayor
It was business as usual for Highlands councillors last night, even with one of their own charged with murder.
Councillors met briefly in a closed-door session following their regular meeting, in part to discuss the fact that twoterm councillor Ken Brotherston has been charged with murder.
“I wanted council to be clear on the legislative process for his seat if he stepped forward and resigned from council, which has been undetermined at this time,” Mayor Mark Cardinal said.
“There is no requirement for council to hold a byelection because we are within the oneyear period of an election, so it’s optional to council. …
“Up until this time, Coun. Brotherston is a member of this council and his seat belongs to him.”
Fewer than a dozen people attended the public session of the meeting.
Brotherston’s situation wasn’t mentioned.
The only noticeable difference from any regular council meeting was that Brotherston’s nameplate was not put out on the council table.
The fact that nobody from the public mentioned the situation didn’t surprise Cardinal.
“Coun. Brotherston is very well respected in this community. Some may not agree with his political views but they still respect him immensely for what he’s done for this community,” Cardinal said.
Cardinal said earlier he’d been fielding calls from media across the country.
“It’s a tragic chain of events. It doesn’t make sense,” Cardinal said.
He said he had spoken briefly with Brotherston’s wife Marie, who, like everyone else is “shocked and very upset” at the situation.
“She’s numb, like we all are,” Cardinal said.
There’s nothing at this point to prevent Brotherston from continuing to hold office or even seeking re-election in the November election, Cardinal said.
“It’s up to Ken to decide how he wants to handle this.”