So, it seems that 10 years in as an elected official and I still am learning the ropes. Tonight, I was to learn that a board corporate can remove an elected trustee’s motion from the agenda by a simple majority vote, rendering their views silent to the constituents they were elected to serve and to whom they are accountable. To date, I was under the impression that democracy would not only allow but would demand that those whom the public has charged with representing them would grant a trustee the absolute authority to bring any issue into public board for discussion, regardless of views held, rational behind the motion or stance on a given issue. Apparently, this is not so or at least not with our board. This begs the question, am I wrong? If so, I would like to gain a better perspective of how such a process works to support ones elected voice in a society built on democratic ideology.
To be clear, I have previously voted to have items removed from the agenda. However, this has been limited to only two scenarios:
- when the mover of the motion makes the request to have their own item removed.
- when the matter is related to land, labour or law. As per legislation, these three types of matters cannot be conducted in public board. If or when an item of this nature has been inadvertently placed on a public agenda, it is the duty of all Trustees to ensure that the item be moved to an in-camera meeting to avoid breech of law.