The pathetic farce that passes in Halifax for good civic government reached a new low on Tuesday.
It was bad enough watching four hours of ineffective efforts to hold Mayor Peter Kelly to account on a matter that he refuses to be held accountable.
None of the councillors who were supposedly mounting the effort to bring Kelly to task were capable, apparently, of mustering a workable amendment to a motion that was obviously on the verge of being defeated, a call for a police investigation into the scandal surrounding unauthorized cash advances paid to a concert promoter.
That was bad enough, but as the vote was held, Kelly took the opportunity to scold councillors who had publicly questioned, in the days before Tuesday’s meeting, the legality of the payments.
Kelly complained about comments that he says included “a lot of innuendo and comment, especially in terms of illegality.”
The mayor was speaking from the chairman’s position, having ignored requests that he recuse himself from chairing the meeting during a debate on a matter in which he is a central figure, in what is an obvious conflict.
He then went on to chastise councillors — you might want to buckle up for this one — for their failure to represent the municipal council in a favourable light.
“When you make comments, you make them for all of us,” he scolded.
The unmitigated gall of the man.
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