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REPORTING · 18th February 2014
Walter McFarlane
When Councillor Phil Germuth brought a notice of motion for an upcoming meeting to the District of Kitimat Office, he was informed that one of the City Councillors, Councillor Rob Goffinet, would not be attending the meeting. If he wanted the entire Council to be there when the motion comes up, he would have to make it during new business at the meeting on Monday, February 17th…

Germuth’s Motion? “Under new business, that the District of Kitimat not conduct a Plebiscite regarding public support for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project.”

Deputy CAO Warren Waycheshen asked for clarity, was this notice of motion for a future meeting or is this for the new business tonight? Germuth replied it was to be in new business on the 17th, but only if the will of Council permits it. He explained this was out of respect for Goffinet who would be going out of town.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff told Council he wanted to be respectful to the rest of Council. He spent the weekend reading his Council Package for the night and there was no mention of Enbridge anywhere in there. He wanted to reflect and prepare for a motion.

Germuth sympathized with Feldhoff’s comments and explained what happened when he tried to put forward for a future meeting. Feldhoff replied saying it would need 2/3’s majority. He would sooner have it as a notice of motion and pointed out having a full Council was not always possible.

CAO Ron Poole stated Germuth could put it on the agenda with two thirds majority. Otherwise, it would just go on as a notice of motion.

Germuth stated he was fine with it being put off.

“I would love to be here to argue against this, but I feel very guilty because I won’t be here at the next meeting, I will not be able to participate in the debate. I really appreciate the ability to speak on this because I find this very serious and I don’t know the implications of it. Could we agree possibly to discuss this motion when the time comes and then decide if we want to entertain a debate?” asked Goffinet.

Council was told the time was now. Goffinet stated he wanted to do the right thing and discuss it now. However, Germuth stated he would with draw the item and wait for the next public meeting, because he did not want to discuss it with no motion on the table…

The Council meeting moved on.