“Recently, I asked for expert advice on what options I have as Minister of Municipal Affairs under the Municipal Government Act to remove a duly elected member of a municipal council, and committed to releasing this information publicly.

“I have received a response from Brownlee LLP, the external firm selected to review the Municipal Government Act. While the Minister of Municipal Affairs has supervisory jurisdiction over municipalities, the minister does not have authority to simply remove a councillor from office under the legislation, particularly for events that took place before a councillor was elected.

“The summary of findings from Brownlee LLP can be viewed via the link below.”

The Summary of advice from Brownlee LLP is available online.