It is not their fault… They chose to vote without knowing what the motion was. Even Mayor Joanne Monaghan, who has had the motion explained to her several times since becoming Mayor did not know what it was.
On Monday, May 28th, Council was going through a status report and removing completed items. Several items were earmarked for completion, this was not one of them.
Item #103, a motion made on February 10th, 2003 was listed as: Alcan Power Sales. Its status was labelled as ongoing and its date of completion was listed as: Unknown. The vague description led Councillor Corrine Scott to make a motion to remove them.
The motion has been brought up and explained in the past. The motion, as explained by Former Municipal Manager: Trafford Hall on January 19th, 2009 as: “The assignment that we had from council to staff and the rest of council is to promote the aluminum industry by opposing the sale of power. That is an open resolution on Council, it is the number 1 priority that came out of 3-4 of our retreats.”Read more about this discussion here.
“When you look at the date of when this was, February 10th, 2003, and it was talking about the Alcan Power Sales. I think if there is anything we need to discuss with regards to Power (etc) in the future, we can put it back on the list. This particular motion I think can easily just removed,” said Scott.
“This was about the smaller stuff of the previous Council,” said Monaghan.
Councillor Phil Germuth was uncertain what it was. He suggested keeping it as something to keep an eye on because he did not want to go through the process of bringing it back.
“This Alcan Power Sales, in this particular instance, is not referring to anything that is current,” said Scott. “Any time Council makes a motion that we want administration to do something, it goes on this list. This particular one can be removed because we will never be dealing with this particular motion. We may have a motion tomorrow or next week that will go on the list and then that’s fine but this one gets removed.”
Councillor Rob Goffinet wanted to know more about this motion, if it was specific to 2003 or if it was strategic, specific and all encompassing, dealing with the export of power out of the Kitimat area. He pointed out it has come up in the past and Council has renewed it as the highest priority.
“I understood the motion was to watch, study the whole concept of power sales out of this area. Am I correct?” asked Goffinet.
Monaghan told him: “No. I believe the first motion we made on power sales, and I could be wrong, but I think this was the one that said, ‘we want to find out what the agreement was between Alcan and the Province and that’s how it all started and that’s what it was.”
Municipal Manager Ron Poole did not know what the motion was for. Germuth clarified she was not sure. He suggested waiting. Monaghan said the first motion was to look into power sales and she could be wrong as she has been wrong in the past.
Councillor Edwin Empinado agreed with Germuth but said they have the avenue to ask those questions. He suggested removing it and bring it up if they are concerned. Scott stated this motion would not be forgotten and could come up again.
The motion was called and carried. In favour were Scott, Empinado, Monaghan and Murphy. Goffinet and Germuth were opposed. Councillor Mario Feldhoff was out of the room in conflict.