Municipal Council Members hold positions of privilege. They are elected to protect the public interest and to perform their functions with integrity and in a manner that promotes public confidence and will bear close public scrutiny.
There are many ways that Members of Council are held accountable for their actions as elected representatives including:
- Declaration of Office
- Council Code of Conduct and Integrity Commissioner
- Council Procedural By-law
- Meeting Investigator
- Municipal Conflict of Interest Act
- Municipal Election Campaign Finance
- City of Guelph Harassment and Discrimination Policy
Members of Council should also have regard for other Corporate Policies at the City of Guelph (e.g. Responsible Computing).
And of course, every four years, Members of Council are held accountable to the voters.
Over the next few days, I will post additional information on each of the listed points.