Mayor says he called police after councillor "dared" him
CBC News Posted: Aug 29, 2014 10:46 AM ET| Last Updated: Aug 29, 2014 11:41 AM ET
A town councillor in Cochrane says he was forced out of a council meeting by the mayor for asking too many questions, but the mayor says the councillor was out of line.
Coun. Rey Brisson said that he was in chambers on Tuesday to discuss possible changes to awarding the townâ€™s insurance contract.
According to Brisson, he pressed Mayor Peter Politis with specific questions about the proposal process for bidders. Brisson says Politis stonewalled the questions by ruling him out of order, and demanding that he leave.
â€œHow do you arrive at the proper decision if information is withheld and suppressed?â€ Brisson said. â€œHe owes an apology to the taxpayers of Cochrane for trying to muzzle what goes on at meetings.â€
Brisson said he refused to leave the meeting until the OPP was called to remove him. He said he left in handcuffs, which he said he requested to drive home a point.
â€œIf a councillor doesnâ€™t ask the questions, who will?â€ he said.
Mayor Politis remains unapologetic about the incident, saying that Brisson overstepped the rules of decorum during the meeting, characterizing him as disruptive and aggressive in his line of questioning. Politis said Brisson bated him to call police.
â€œIn this particular case here, unfortunately this councillor does not come to order, hasnâ€™t done so,â€ Politis said. â€œFive times heâ€™s been removed from the council chamber. So obviously this councillor has issues with the rules, the authority and the order thatâ€™s required, and certainly the standards that weâ€™ve set as a council.â€
No charges were laid by police, who confirmed that Brisson requested he be handcuffed.
Brisson, who was defeated by Politis in the last municipal election, said he is still weighing whether he will run again for mayor of Cochrane.