Comment 68776

By Laura Laura F (anonymous) | Posted August 31, 2011 at 12:48:07

Because I have been asked many times before: There is no impeachment or "recall" as in many US states here in Ontario. Petitions to impeach also have no legal recourse.

The Muncipal Act is set by and ammended by the Province, and currently a Council can censure a fellow Councillor (as Councillor Mitchell was last term) but they cannot remove from office.

From what I recall from my research, the only way an elected official can be stripped of office in Ontario is if they are charged with a felony or other such crime where they would not be able to uphold the duties of office.

I would really have to go back to my notes from last year to be able to give the exact sources and etc.

Well written article... there is no job training or degree for "elected official".. for those that are asking "is this the best we can do?" - consider that there are very few people willing to run for office in the first place, and even fewer that would do a competent job. It's a hard, often thankless position with constant scrutiny in the public's eye. It's not easy, and we do have an "us vs. them" mentality.

-Laura Farr

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