Nanaimo’s Mayor is speaking out, appealing for an end to the fighting in that city’s council after evidence has surfaced of a what he calls a political coup to force him out of office.
Bill McKay says Nanaimo City Hall has become a scary place to work and the councillors who are trying to oust him have turned to ugly tactics.
Embattled Nanaimo mayor Bill McKay says these are the darkest days he’s ever faced in his professional life
“It’s been extremely difficult where your health starts to suffer,” says McKay.
As he reads with hands shaking the email that he was sent mistakenly that he says describes just how his council plans to oust him from office.
“The seven of us need to meet soon to discuss next steps,” he says reading the email addressed to all the councillors, from Coun. Bill Bestwick.
“There’s a move to have me removed from office by any means. I’ve been censured repeatedly, aggressively,” says McKay.
“One of the lines in here is we can actually do whatever we want with a 7 to 2 position,” says McKay.
The first term mayor this email and Monday night’s council meeting shows how dysfunctional things have now become.
Councillor Bill Yoachim, addressing McKay angrily after his comments about a cancer fundraiser.
“Get some class. Sure you might not like us but don’t go digging around stuff. Disgusting,” said Joachim.
McKay says the group of seven councillors calling for his resignation won’t accept that he and Councillor Dianne Brennan, the only person standing in his camp, have different views and won’t be ruled by their way.
“You have destroyed anything we have tried to do as a group and you continue to do it,” says Coun. Jim Kipp.
McKay insists the group of seven councillors are now holding secret illegal meetings.
“It’s considered to be illegal,” says McKay.
Barber Dave Lawrence says its all making a mockery of the city he loves.
“It doesn’t help when investors are going to come here and they look at the town right,” says Lawrence of That 50’s Barbershop.
And the Mayor says its threatening to get even worse.
“The most extreme is when physical violence starts to take place. I’ve been threatened physically by a member of council,” says McKay.
So Nanaimo’s mayor is calling for an independent third party to step in to this fray before things spiral even further out of control.