IT KEEPS GETTING TOUGHER and tougher to serve your community in politics. This week, a 52-year-old man was arrested for threatening the life of Kelowna mayor Colin Basran.
It’s worth examining how this came about.
Basran used a little-known power given mayors under the Community Charter to force reconsideration of a decision by his council. Without going through the normal process of a motion to reconsider by a member of the prevailing side, the mayor can invoke a section of the Charter that gives him or her the authority to bring back the matter for another vote.
That’s what he did in the case of a condominium development, which had been defeated at a meeting from which a member of council had been absent. With a full council, the project was approved.
The decision didn’t sit well with those who opposed the controversial plan. As part of a Facebook discussion on the decision, a commenter suggested someone should “put a bullet” in Basran.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.