Mayor to request bill to oust elected officials
'Sometimes it has to happen before an election,' Greater Sudbury mayor says
Posted: Aug 15, 2012 2:52 PM ET
Last Updated: Aug 15, 2012 2:47 PM ET
Sudbury's mayor says she is going to request legislation be instated that would allow the removal of elected municipal officials in Ontario.
Marianne Matichuk will discuss the topic with the minister of municipal affairs and housing Kathleen Wynne at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's meeting next week.Greater Sudbury Mayor Marianne Matichuk (CBC)
The process would allow the public to generate a petition and if enough people sign it, remove a municipal politician out of office before their term is over.
"You know, it does give you a recourse and it does give the voice of the public another chance to say, 'You know what? You're not doing a good job’,” Matichuk said.
“We are graded on what we do and at the election, we are voted in or not. Well, you know, sometimes it has to happen before the election to tell people, 'You're not doing a good job’."
British Columbia is the only province in Canada to have such a law, but several states in the US have the law in place.
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