The proposed changes to the existing Council Proceedings Procedural Bylaw have us concerned that these changes further restrict the voices of Cobourg residents. We ask all our supporters to attend the public meeting tentatively scheduled for January 28, 2019 to make their voices heard.
There are seven municipalities in Northumberland and in five the mayors welcome question and answer periods for the public and media. But not in Cobourg.
Lydia Smith, President of the Cobourg Taxpayers Association, wrote a guest column in Northumberland Today. You can read the full article here:
We are writing because we need your help. Since August 21, there has been a lot of publicity with respect to Mayor Brocanier not allowing a Question and Answer period for media and the public in Cobourg council**.
Here is a letter sent to the Northumberland Today Editor:
From: Lydia Smith
Date: 8 September 2017
Subject: Cobourg council should consider Question Period
To: Northumberland Today Editor
I am writing with respect to Grahame Woods excellent column on the topic of a Question and Answer Period in Cobourg council.
Don’t let the Mayor and Council muzzle Citizens!
David Hughes has written an excellent article about Cobourg Council not allowing Question and Answer period. If you would like to read the whole article (6 minute read), you can find it here:
Call or write Mayor Gil Brocanier and ask him why Cobourg council won’t allow questions from the media and/or the public.