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Seven Nanaimo city councillors express non-confidence in mayor

Nanaimo city hall shown above. Seven Nanaimo city  city councillors have expressed non-confidence in Mayor Bill McKay. - Nicholas Pescod/NEWS BULLETIN
Nanaimo city hall shown above. Seven Nanaimo city city councillors have expressed non-confidence in Mayor Bill McKay.
— image credit: Nicholas Pescod/NEWS BULLETIN

Seven Nanaimo city councillors have signed a letter of non-confidence in the mayor, Coun. Bill Yoachim revealed last night.

At Monday's meeting, Nanaimo city council fielded questions and concerns from the public tied to alleged workplace bullying.

Yoachim, who said publicly there has been bullying, also said seven politicians have signed a letter telling the mayor they have non-confidence in him.

“Seven of us have signed and signed the same document so it’s not just Gord Fuller,” he said. “Because seven of us want to get work done and communicate and be professional and let the city go where we got to go.

“Seven of us aren’t going to sit back and get stalled in nonsense.”

He can’t wait until the “full truth” comes out and is open to signing an affidavit to what he has witnessed.

Coun. Wendy Pratt urged the public to trust council that it is doing the best thing to move the city forward.

“There isn’t one person at this table that wants to harm our city, harm our citizens, not represent you properly, we are here because we were elected to do just that. We were elected to govern this city and to move it forward,” she said. “We are working very closely with our new CAO to make that happen and you have to trust us that, that's what we’re doing.”

Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay said in the course of the question-and-answer period that he’s seen bullying and said “perhaps we should seek out a third-party investigator.”

He also said he would be more than willing to undergo a Work Safe B.C. investigation.

When a resident asked if he would resign as mayor of Nanaimo, he said: “No I will not, sir.”

More to come.

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