Conflict of Interest
Number: POP 5-19M
Department: Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations
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.