Cobourg’s Council has a total of seven members and Provincial legislation says that if on nomination day (July 27), fewer than 75% are running for re-election, then it is in a “lame duck” position and restrictions apply as to what it can do. So far, Gil Brocanier, Debra McCarthy and Forrest Rowden have declared they are not running so there will be a “lame duck” council on July 27. At the next Council meeting on July 23, it is planned to pass a by-law to delegate the missing authority to CAO Stephen Peacock. The issue has not previously been as big a concern but the period from Nomination day to election of a new council is longer this time than for previous elections.
As far as I can tell, the concern is that Councillors not planning for another term would feel less responsible for their decisions so should not be allowed to make major decisions.
In the lame duck period, Council cannot:
- Hire or fire employees;
- Sell anything with a value over $50,000
- Make an expenditure of more than $50,000.
The governing Legislation permits delegation to a person or body and that is what the planned by-Law will authorize. So if there are any emergencies, the Town will be able to handle them.
Current Candidates for Council
Those who have currently filed to run (as of 13 July 2018 – not yet certified):
Mayor: John Henderson
Deputy Mayor: No Candidates yet
Councillors Suzanne Séguin and Brian Darling have not yet declared their intentions. For more on who’s running, see my Municipal election page here. Updated as required.
- Changes in Municipal Governance – 15 August 2017 – first mention of delegation of authority during “Lame Duck” period.
- Proposed By-Law