Letter to the Editor
We are in complete agreement with your editorial comments (May 22) on the sudden mysterious in camera meeting of Meaford municipal council.
The sudden meeting was a procedural attempt to thwart Harley Greenfield’s motion on staff rationalization and infrastructure .
Clearly it was a a transparent political ploy, playing fast and loose with the ‘in camera’ requirements in the Municipal Act. Moreover it was an attempt by the mayor and the staff (whose self-interest was paramount in this) to intimidate the potential mover of the motion, Harley Greenfield. This was a transparent ploy and council is complicit in it because it is, in essence, an abuse of process.
HR discussion in general does not require a sub rosa motion for a secret meeting, unless a specific person is under discussion.
Harley Greenfield merely gives notice of a public discussion and review to move to a motion – perfectly legal in an open public meeting.
Meaford municipal council needs to rethink its position on this item. We fear the privileged solicitor/client in camera item will become the catchall for most of Meaford’s business.
It does not bode well.
Judy and Ken Thomson, Leith