Minister Steps In With Village Of McBride

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
Minister Steps In With Village Of McBride

The Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development has taken measures to address the troubled Council issues in McBride. Peter Fassbender has:

*signed a Ministerial Order that allows the remaining two members of council to constitute a quorum until persons are elected and take office to fill the vacancies.

* During this time of transition, the mayor and the remaining council member have been advised to not make any long-term decisions, including any that create legal or financial liabilities for the village. Their focus should
only be on decisions essential to sustaining the operations of government.

* Council must take immediate steps to appoint a chief electoral officer (CEO) and deputy chief election officer to run the by-election. Once appointed, the date for the general election is to fall on a Saturday and be
no later than 80 days after the CEO is appointed.

* A municipal advisor will be brought in, paid for by the Province, to work with McBride village staff, council and the community to help stabilize municipal operations in the short term. The advisor will also support the
community and council in the long term by recommending strategies for a successful and stable future.

* The inspector of municipalities will attend in McBride to meet with council and staff to provide them with additional information about the role of the municipal advisor, who will report back to her, and to further
emphasize my expectations of council while they act in their limited capacity.

On November 18th, Councillors Ralph Bezanson, Sharon Reichert and Edee Tracy resigned, leaving Councillor Rick Thompson and Mayor Loranne Martin as the only remaining members of the Village Council.

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