Ethical Guidelines for Municipal Councillors
Each member of Council for the Regional Municipality signs a document containing the following ethical guidelines, pledging to act in accordance with the principles.
It is imperative that Councillors remember that they were elected by the public in order to serve a public purpose. Councillors must therefore act in the public interest by putting the public’s interests ahead of their own personal interests, or the interests of other private individuals or groups.
It is also extremely important that elected officials understand that the public must have confidence in the integrity of its public institutions and government, the ethical conduct of their local government officials, and that public office is not being used for personal gain.
Accordingly it is the purpose of this document to set out certain ethical guidelines which are in addition to any statutory or other legal requirements imposed upon elected officials. In the event of any conflict, any law or legal requirement shall have priority over these guidelines.
To further these objectives, the following principles shall govern the conduct of all Elected Local Government Officials in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in order that they maintain the highest standards in the public office and faithfully discharge the duties of office without fear or favour.
Municipal Councillors shall:
- not use their position to secure special privileges, favours, or exemptions, for themselves, their relatives, or any other person, but shall at all times serve the public interest.
- discharge their powers, duties and functions honourably, faithfully, and conscientiously.
- have respect for and endeavour to conduct all of the Municipality’s business in accordance with applicable legislation, legal requirements, bylaws, regulations and policies.
- become familiar with any procedural bylaws or general policies applicable to Council or Councillors, and endeavour to become knowledgeable about legal and policy issues applicable to municipalities.
- respect the powers, duties, and functions of other Councillors, Administration and employees.
- treat fellow Councillors, committee members, employees, and members of the public with respect, honesty and fairness.
- declare any pecuniary interest when it is appropriate to do so.
- safeguard confidential information, including that of the Municipality, Council, and employees, and in that regard, respect the requirements of both the Municipal Government Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. M-26, and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. F-25.
- not assume that any unethical activities not covered by or specifically prohibited by these ethical guidelines of conduct, or by any legislation, are therefore condoned.
As Member of the Council of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, we agree to uphold the intent of these guidelines and to govern our actions accordingly.