Two Iqaluit city councillors given notice to resign
Mayor Kenny Bell says both broke Nunavut’s Cities, Towns and Villages Act
Iqaluit Mayor Kenny Bell is calling on two city councillors to resign.
In a social media post today, Bell said that the two councillors have broken Nunavut’s Cities, Towns and Villages Act and must vacate their seats.
City auditors have flagged that the two councillors have owed the city more than $500 for more than 90 days, in violation of section 17 of that act, said Bell.
According to that section, “A council member who, at any time after his or her election or appointment, would not be eligible to be a candidate shall immediately vacate his or her seat and cease to be a mayor or council member, as the case may be.”
Bell said he sent a notice to the councillors on March 18 asking them to resign, after the issue was identified by the city’s finance staff.
“I’m just fulfilling my job,” said Bell.
“I sent them a letter. It’s up to them whether they want to resign or not, and then the council will have to deal with it regardless, in whatever way that works.”
Bell said he’s constrained by how much he can publicly say about the matter “because one of the councillors has not responded.”
But Bell said the issue isn’t a new one. The city’s financial statements for 2017 and 2018 both indicated there was at least one elected member “personally indebted to the City for a sum exceeding $500 for more than 90 days, and thereby in violation of Section 17(1).”
Bell said that as a result of his notice, one councillor resigned but then rescinded the resignation, forcing the city to seek a legal opinion on the status of the councillor.
The other councillor has yet to respond, but Bell indicated he would be reaching out again.
An earlier version of this story said that Bell sent a notice to the councillors on March 25, when in fact he sent the notice on March 18. We regret the error.