Chestermere Council received the confidential draft of Municipal Affairs Inspection on Wednesday, November 2, 2022.
The very first issue raised by Deputy Minister Gary Sandberg was to correct the errors repeatedly reported by Michael Roderiguez of the Calgary Herald and Byran Labby for CBC. The Deputy Minister was very clear when he stated that Municipal Affairs does not have the authority to remove the Mayor, Councillor or a CAO as a result of a Municipal Inspection.
Mayor Colvin and Council are pleased to be wrapping up the inspection process. Within the next 30 days, Council will review and correct the errors in the draft report and are looking forward to working with Rebecca Shultz, the Minister of Municipal Affairs.
"I want to reassure the residents of Chestermere that the Mayor and Council they voted in on October 18, 2021, will remain. Municipal Affairs explained explicitly that they do not have the authority to remove a member of Council as the result of a Municipal Inspection. That said, unfortunately, the Calgary Herald and CBC repeatedly reported wrong information that caused unnecessary distress to our residents and staff. I, along with my fellow Councillors, are looking forward to putting this report to rest and continue the important work we were voted in to do for the residents of our beautiful city."
- Mayor Jeff Colvin