Councillor conflict of interest

Normal protocol in most municipality’s would have a councillor abstain from voting

Having noted a recent article in The Hope Standard regarding the outcome of residential rezoning, it was duly noted by a few taxpayers that Coun. Gerry Dyble had voted against a proposed secondary suite bylaw amendment. It looks like it occurs on the very street the Dyble family resides on in Hope.

While I applaud Ms. Dyble’s interest in the issue, normal protocol in most municipality’s would have a councillor abstain from voting or declare a possible conflict of interest. Living or owning on the same street appears, as best as I can tell, to be a questionable breach, with this hopefully being documented accordingly and any and all councillors given at least a rough summary of Roberts Rules.

I have a lot of respect for the efforts put forth by all council and staff, but do hope that any related action is kept properly in check, to ensure the taxpayer gets effective leadership, that leaves their personal or business interests noted at the door each and every meeting. Ask Rob Ford (mayor of Toronto) or a host of others across Canada.

D. Stokes,

Hope