Who does it apply to?
Members of Council and local boards
Why was it developed?
The Municipal Conflict of Interest Act is intended to prevent an individual from receiving financial benefit (either directly or indirectly), as a result of their position on a municipal Council or local board.
What does it cover?
It is the duty of each Member of Council to identify possible pecuniary (or financial) interests in any matter being considered, and to refrain from discussing or voting on the matter, and from influencing the voting at any time.
At meetings, members are to declare any direct or indirect interests, including the general nature of the interest. If a member declares an interest at a meeting that is closed to the public, the member must retire from the meeting during consideration of the matter.
How is it enforced?
A procedure is prescribed by the legislation that permits a person to apply to a judge for a determination of the question of whether a member has contravened the Act.
This is the sixth in a series of posts on Accountability.