Silly Is As Silly Does
Posted by auroracitizen on April 5, 2012
Tonight Councillor Gaertner again demonstrated just how silly she has become.
First, she voiced her opinion that Council was discussing an illegal motion because she felt that the motion of March 28 was contrary to the approved motion from Feb 27. Then, when the Clerk stated that his opinion was that Council was discussing a legal motion — she indicated that she couldn’t vote. She even made a point of stating twice that she hoped the press had heard her.
Yet she continued to stay in the chambers and participated fully in the debate. Then when the vote was called — she leapt from her chair and took 2 steps away — then returned to her chair to vote on the confirming by-law and adjournment. What’s was that supposed to mean?
For someone who seems to be so concerned about following the letter of the rules — surely she also knows that you can’t declare a conflict on a matter unless it is a pecuniary conflict. And furthermore, when you declare a conflict you are required to leave the room.
So what happened to her interpretation of the rules here. The was no conflict and she participated fully in the discussion and was in the chambers during the vote
Since a non vote is considered a “nay”, the Council minutes must show that Councillor Gaertner voted “nay” on the motion.
It will be interesting to see what the record shows.
Hopefully the press saw that as well.