By RTH Staff
Published October 01, 2010
In the following email correspondence with Tony Fallis, the City's Manager of Elections and Print & Mail, Ward 3 candidate Paul Tetley tries to establish a clear line between working and campaigning for incumbent councillors.
On September 30, Mr. Tetley sent the following email to Mr. Fallis:
This morning, at 10:50am, four of my campaign volunteers viewed Councillor Bernie Morelli going into TJ's Appliances on Barton Street, and then observed him in a neighbouring store personally taping up election posters in that storefront window. They talked with Bernie and questioned him regarding his campaigning on city time. He claimed he was on his time, but at 10:50am in the morning, I'm not clear how that is possible.
Is my understanding correct that an incumbent councillor can not campaign during his office hours? Is this a violation of the Municipal Election Act?
City Council members do not have set office hours.
Their schedules are determined by meetings, constituent needs, etc.
As such Councillor Morelli could very well have been on his own time.
Can you please confirm if my understanding that incumbent councillors can not campaign during their office hours (as set by them), is correct.
The problem is who knows what their hours are.
They set their own schedules and we have no way of knowing if they are working in the evening or during the day.
Forgetting what their office hours are, or aren't, my question is the following: Is my understanding correct that incumbents can not campaign on city time?
Again, only they know if they are on city time or not.
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