The mayor of West Nipissing says two councillors who walked out of a special meeting did a disservice to voters. Joanne Savage was responding to council’s special meeting of July 21st which was to award tenders over gravel road work. Councillor Normand Roberge walked out saying the meeting was illegal and a short time later councillor Guilles Tessier said he didn’t get supporting documents, cited a lack of transparency and also walked out.
Savage says there’s a code of conduct councillors agree to follow and she believes that by walking out the code wasn’t respected and adds it’s not what the public expects for its elected officials. Savage says by walking out, the public will never know how Tessier and Roberge would have voted on a sensitive and political issue. As for the claim the meeting was illegal, Savage says proper advance notice was given and all councillors were given supporting documents.