Conflict of Interest

Year: 2019

Number: POP 5-19M

Department: Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations

Midterm: Yes

WHEREAS The Municipalities Act section 141.1 states a member of council has a conflict of interest if there is opportunity to further his or her private interest or the private interests of a closely connected person. The definition of a closely connected person in The Municipalities Act means an agent, business partner, family or employer of a Member of Council;

WHEREAS the definition in The Municipalities Act of family means the spouse and dependent children of a council member. The Municipalities Act does not allow the affected individuals to state their case regarding the conflict of interest without being in conflict of interest;

WHEREAS the Saskatchewan Ombudsman has appeared to adopt a “grey area” concept of a conflict of interest;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Saskatchewan Ombudsman be made to adhere to the definition of conflict of interest as it appears in The Municipalities Act.

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