Morinville Town Council approved the Council Code of Conduct Bylaw on May 8, 2018. This Code of Conduct is intended to reflect the 2017-2021 term of Council.
The purpose of this policy is to establish a foundation for effective governance as well as standards for ethical and interpersonal conduct for all Members of Council. This policy also supports and aligns with Morinville’s values and is a supplement to the existing statutes, laws and policies governing the conduct of Members.
Respect for Decision-making Process
All Members of Council shall communicate and work towards effective and consistent implementation of the positions and decisions of Council. In this way, Councillors will foster respect for the democratic decision making process.
Release of Confidential Information
Members of Council shall hold in strict confidence all information concerning matters deemed confidential. A Member of Council shall not, either directly or indirectly, release, make public or in any way divulge any information which is deemed to be confidential unless expressly authorized by Council or required by law to do so.
Release of Information to Public, Media and Social Media
Members of Council acknowledge that official information related to the decisions and resolutions of Council will normally be communicated to the community and the media by the Council as a whole or the Mayor as Head of Council or by his or her designate.
Acceptance of Gifts
No member of Council shall solicit or accept a reward, gift or benefit of any kind, personally or through a family member or friend, which is connected directly or indirectly with the performance or duties of office. Members of Council shall not accept invitations from contractors, or potential contractors to the municipality to attend special events that may be viewed as creating an unreasonable level of access or indebtedness.
Discrimination and Harassment
Members of Council shall not discriminate against anyone on the basis of their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, citizenship, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, record of offences, marital status, family status, disability, religious beliefs, or source of income (Alberta Human Rights Act as amended from time to time).
Council is committed to creating and sustaining a vibrant, healthy, safe and caring work environment in all interactions with the internal and external stakeholders and members of Council.
Conflict of Interest
Members of Council shall not engage in any activity, financial or otherwise, which is incompatible or inconsistent with the ethical discharge of official duties in the public interest.
Respect for Separation of Roles of Council and Administration
Members of Council shall at all times conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the separation of roles and responsibilities between Council and Administration.
- Members of Council shall 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.
- Members of Council agree to uphold the intent of this policy and to govern their actions accordingly.
- Members of Council have a duty to help create a responsive, accessible, transparent and fair municipal government. Accordingly, Members have a duty to question whether another Member is violating legislation, ethics or respectful behaviour as set forth in this policy.
This is a condensed version of the full Council Code of Conduct adopted by Council Resolution 255/2017 on October 24, 2017.