Friday, 18 March 2016

Seven Nanaimo city councillors express 
non-confidence in mayor

 by  Staff Writer - Nanaimo News Bulletin
posted Mar 15, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Seven Nanaimo city councillors have signed a letter of non-confidence in the mayor, Coun. Bill Yoachim revealed last night.

At Monday's meeting, Nanaimo city council fielded questions and concerns from the public tied to alleged workplace bullying.

Yoachim, who said publicly there has been bullying, also said seven politicians have signed a letter telling the mayor they have non-confidence in him.

“Seven of us have signed and signed the same document so it’s not just Gord Fuller,” he said. “Because seven of us want to get work done and communicate and be professional and let the city go where we got to go.

“Seven of us aren’t going to sit back and get stalled in nonsense.”

He can’t wait until the “full truth” comes out and is open to signing an affidavit to what he has witnessed.

Coun. Wendy Pratt urged the public to trust council that it is doing the best thing to move the city forward.

“There isn’t one person at this table that wants to harm our city, harm our citizens, not represent you properly, we are here because we were elected to do just that. We were elected to govern this city and to move it forward,” she said. “We are working very closely with our new CAO to make that happen and you have to trust us that, that's what we’re doing.”

Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay said in the course of the question-and-answer period that he’s seen bullying and said “perhaps we should seek out a third-party investigator.”

He also said he would be more than willing to undergo a Work Safe B.C. investigation

When a resident asked if he would resign as mayor of Nanaimo, he said: “No I will not, sir.”

More to come.

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