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Responsible Conduct of Local Government Elected Officials

Working Group on Responsible Conduct

Background:

The Working Group on Responsible Conduct is a joint initiative of the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), the Ministry of Community Sport and Cultural Development (the Ministry) and the Local Government Management Association (LGMA).

The staff-level Working Group was formed to undertake policy work in response to a 2016 resolution to UBCM that addressed the issue of questionable conduct by local government elected officials. Delegates referred the matter to UBCM Executive, with the direction that further policy work should be undertaken jointly with the Ministry and LGMA.

Policy Development Process:

The Working Group began meeting late in 2016. The initial focus of its work has been to develop a shared understanding of the issue and to consider how the current parts of BC’s local government framework support responsible conduct. The Working Group has also explored approaches that other Canadian provinces are taking to support and strengthen responsible conduct. The Consultation Paper that has been prepared by the Working Group reflects this research and is offered to the local government community to provide a basis for discussion.

In August 2017, the Executive of the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) have approved a Policy Paper on Responsible Conduct of Local Government Elected Officials to be presented at the 2017 Convention for member consideration.  The Working Group on Responsible Conduct (WGRC) developed the report that forms the basis of the Policy Paper.

 

 

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