British Columbia needs Municipal Recall Legislation

British Columbia needs Municipal Recall Legislation

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Janice Williams started this petition to John Horgan (Premier of British Columbia) and

In British Columbia there is recall legislation that enables a registered voter to collect signatures from other registered voters in their electoral district to remove a Member of Legislative Assembly between elections.  The process is administered by the Chief Electoral Officer according to the rules established in the Recall and Initiative Act.

Unfortunately, there is no process to enable the electorate to remove an elected member of city council between elections, and with municipal terms having been extended to every 4 years in 2014, there have been notable instances where municipal politicians have behaved in ways inconsistent with remaining in office.  

As an example, Sharmarke Dubow, a Victoria City Councillor, decided to travel to Somalia despite public health recommendations to avoid non-essential travel. While Mr. Dubow issued an apology indicating that he had not been home to Somalia in 30 years, he failed to disclose that he had travelled to East Africa just the year before (December 2019/January 2020).  Further it was learned that he failed to inform either the mayor or his colleagues of his travel plans before taking the trip. The mayor is unable to ask for Mr. Dubow's resignation, and Mr. Dubow has not indicated that he intends to resign as a result of his significant lapse in judgement. Many voters are rightly outraged at Mr. Dubow's conduct and have called for his resignation, however, there is nothing that they can do to compel it.  If recall legislation applied to municipal politicians, electors could hold Mr. Dubow responsible for his actions by initiating a petition to have him recalled from office.

Another example is the Metchosin councillor, Kyara Kuhakauwila who went to Mexico to attend a wedding indicating there were business reasons for the trip.  Kyara did secure the approval of her mayor before travelling.  

A further example is Vancouver's Green Party Counsellor Michael Wiebe who failed to abstain from votes that permitted outdoor patios in May, including one at his own restaurant and another at a pub in which he is an investor.

We believe that the Recall and Initiative Act should be extended to apply to politicians occupying municipal positions and are petitioning for this change in BC.

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