Councillor Kevin Lloyd – Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson
At the regular meeting of Collingwood Council on Monday May 28th, Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson had questions for Councillor Kevin Lloyd about a letter Lloyd had written to the Ontario Energy Board, filed on May 7, 2018, pertaining to the Town of Collingwood sale of Collus PowerStream to EPCOR. In his letter to the OEB, Lloyd made it clear that he was never in agreement with the sale.
“I’m a sitting Councillor for the Town of Collingwood. For the sake of disclosure, I have opposed this sale from the beginning”
Saunderson asked Lloyd for clarification and the intent of the letter.
“The intent of my letter was my duty as an elected official to voice my opinion on the process.”
— Councillor Kevin Lloyd
Councillor Lloyd said his issue is with process.
“I have absolutely no problem with the decision of Council because it is the will of council to sell. I have no problem with who is the potential purchaser but I have a serious problem with the process that took place. The intent of my letter was my duty as an elected official to voice my opinion on the process. My opinion on the process I believed it was not the right process to follow it wasn’t a good process that we followed, there was no public input from start to finish and I believe there should have been and I needed to bring it to the attention, it’s as simple as that. It’s my duty.”
“… you effectively went behind council’s back and wrote a letter independent of council”
— Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson
Saunderson accused Councillor Lloyd of going behind council’s back in writing the letter.
“If you wrote as a member of this council Councillor Lloyd, I recall at the date that the motion passed you said you were going to ask for a Judicial Inquiry. You didn’t exhaust any alternatives around this table in the democratic process before you effectively went behind council’s back and wrote a letter independent of council and now you’re saying you did it as part of your duty as a council member of this community.”
Councillor Lloyd said in writing the letter to the OEB he was looking out for the best interests of Collingwood citizens.
“It’s my duty as an elected official to represent the best interest of the people of this community and I believe I did so, and I don’t think I ever said, I said I would investigate a Judicial Inquiry I never said I would have called for one, and in my investigations I did determine that it was far too expensive and a waste of tax payers money to go to a Judicial Inquiry.”
“Councillor Lloyd has explained himself. I’m not backing anyone one way or the other.”
— Mayor Sandra Cooper
Mayor Sandra Cooper attempted to end the conversation between Mr. Saunderson and Mr. Lloyd at that point.
“So I think points are made here. Deputy Mayor, I think that we appreciate the fun and comradery tonight. It has been a long day, it’s been a long night, and I think we can move along. Everyone has noted it on the OEB web site and further in the newspaper and the media that it has taken place. Councillor Lloyd has explained himself. I’m not backing anyone one way or the other. I think we need to move on, you’ve made your point, we very much appreciate it.”
At that point of the meeting Deputy Mayor Saunderson said that he had one more point to make, and tied in the presentation from Principles Integrity Council had heard earlier in the meeting.
“Having received the education session tonight from our Integrity Commissioners, and they quite clearly state that our obligations around this table are to champion the decisions of this council, and I’m going to suggest that writing a letter as a member of Council to a regulatory body to try to frustrate a decision like that is clearly not in the best interest either this Council or the community.”
Mayor Cooper then stepped in to end the discussion between Saunderson and Lloyd, saying that she wasn’t prepared to argue any points with the Deputy Mayor at the council table.
“And I’d ask the question about individuals having their opinions on whether they are having been appointed or, I won’t say the word accused, or looked at by others around this table to statements that it’s not our responsibility. I’m not in here to discuss or argue any points with you this evening. We’ve heard from the Integrity Commissioners this evening , a very pleasant couple of professionals, brought forward some information, we can move forward with them.”
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