In an unprecedented move, Nanaimo council is asking the RCMP to investigate the mayor.
Nanaimo Councillors have issued a letter saying they’re “concerned and disappointed” with information and reports about the mayor and his conduct and are therefore compelled to go to the RCMP.
Councillors say they’ve had more than a year of discord due in part to the mayor’s inability to be honest with council about the business of the city.
Council says an investigation reveals mayor Bill McKay began discussions without council approval to bring a foot ferry to Nanaimo; failed to declare gifts and services he received on a junket to China and shared confidential and privileged information.
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In an email, the mayor says he will be providing a full public statement tomorrow.
Nanaimo RCMP could not be reached for comment.
It’s not the first time there’s been tension between Nanaimo’s Mayor and Council.
Back in March, seven of eight Councillors wrote a letter expressing a lack of confidence in McKay, citing allegations of bullying.