By André Faust
On Monday 02, 2016 Fredericton city Council convened at their schedule time of 19:30hr and conceded that when the held their private secrete meeting on January 25, 2016 did breach section 10.2 of the municipalities act M-22 which states that what meetings are to be held in public and which meeting can be held in private.
The issue stems from a request to the city from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to council to write a letter of support for the construction of the Energy East pipeline which the Canadian Chamber of Commerce would forward on to the Prime Minister. It is this item that was passed in close session of council that was outside the confines of section 10.2 of the municipalities act. This item should have first been made public to allow for public input.
Councillor Randy Dickenson ward twelve, that the Council for Canadians for the discovery of this procedural error and making it public.
Councillor Greg Ericson ward 8 moved the motion to rescind the contents of the letter of support, seconded by Randy Dickinson ward 8. After a lengthy discussion the motion for the city to rescind the contents of the letter of support was voted on and carried by a majority vote.
Mayor Brad Woodside concluded this portion of the council with the following closing remark, “We’ve learned our lesson, we’ve apologized to everybody, we made ourselves look foolish.”