A Conflict of Interest
Ouch. They don’t call it a “conflict” of interest for nothing.
From what they reported in the media, this was a difficult decision for Mathieu.
Neighbours in the community were terribly upset to hear the news that Councillor Fleury would have to recuse himself from any discussion and vote on this property as his father works for the developer. Many of them voted for the councillor and were clearly expecting that he would work for their interests on this file. Mr. Fleurry won the ward by a mere 87 votes so he clearly owes every voter his ear.
But municipal rules are in place for a reason; to ensure everything is above board and this is one of those cases. This is clearly a conflict of interest and the councillor has to abide by the rules of the Municipal Act.
Fortunately, the voters in the Bruyère community voted for two people to represent them and in case the first can’t step in for whatever the reason, the second would have to fulfil the role. So, in this case, it falls upon Mayor Jim Watson to be the voice of the community on this very sensitive issue. The Mayor found a lot of support in this ward during the recent election. Also, Mayor Watson is very capable of dealing with this file on behalf of Councillor Fleury’s constituents and I expect to see the mayor’s office work hard to find a solution.
The voters can’t be left without direct representation.