I believe in democratic institutions and that the mayor and all members of Delta council have a responsibility to uphold the principals of democratically elected members that represent the residents of Delta.
Ian Paton has served the municipality as council member and since he is now the elected MLA for Delta South in the provincial government he must immediately resign his position as a municipal councillor. The Municipality must have a by-election as quickly as possible for a new councillor for the remaining period before the next election in October 2018.
As a taxpayer, it is money well spent to have a by-election and it is unacceptable that Paton continues to draw a salary as councillor at the same time drawing a salary as MLA. Paton quite simply cannot function objectively in the two roles at the same time.
I urge mayor and council to do right and obtain Paton’s resignation and proceed with a by-election.