The Ministry of Government Relations has developed a new document aimed at informing citizens of the requirements and process of running for municipal council.
The intent of this document is to better inform citizens of the process of running for council and to provide a brief overview of what they can expect should they be successful in their quest of municipal office.
A person is eligible to be nominated as a candidate in a rural municipal election and hold office as a member of council if the person:
A person is eligible to vote in the Rural Municipality who, on election day:
A person is eligible to vote only in one (1) division in the rural municipality; to determine which division you qualify to vote in you must determine which section first applies to you in the following order:
Regardless of which division you qualify to vote in, you are also eligible to vote for the reeve.
Citizens expect integrity in the decisions and day-to-day operations of their public institutions and elected officials at all levels — including municipal governments and municipal officials. Identifying, addressing and managing conflicts of interest are key to good governance and maintaining the public’s trust and confidence in their public institutions. The province has strengthened municipal legislation to help municipalities ensure proper policies, procedures and practices are in place.
Conflict of interest provisions are found in Part VII of The Municipalities Act, Part VII of The Cities Act, or Part VII of The Northern Municipalities Act, 2010. It is important to recognize that the legislation regarding conflict of interest is not the only word on the matter. There is a great deal of common law regarding conflict of interest and the conduct of elected officials in potential conflict situations that may apply if legislation does not fully address the matter.
A conflict of interest occurs when a person in public life is in a position where a private interest may, or may appear to conflict with his or her role as a municipal council member. Conflict of interest provisions recognize that the judgement of even the most well-meaning person may be impaired when their own interests or the interests of someone close to them are affected. Conflict of interest provisions exist because council members must make decisions in the best interest of the municipality first and foremost.