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General News · 28th October 2011
Wendy Legare
PS #2- Ethical Conduct of Elected Officials; Ongoing Financial Disclosure; Oath of Office

BC Ministry of Community Development
Candidates Guide

In addition to conflict of interest provisions, the Community Charter and Vancouver Charter contain other rules regarding the ethical behaviour of elected officials.
These rules pertain to accepting gifts, using insider information, using elected office to influence a decision of the local government or an outside person or organization or using elected office to pressure local government staff, and disclosure of contracts with the local government. Ethical conduct is discussed in sections 100-109 of the Community Charter and in sections 145.2-145.92 of the Vancouver Charter.
ps- for specific interpretation and advice regarding the Strathcona Regional District use the Community Charter.

ONGOING FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE
All elected officials are required to file a financial disclosure statement under the Financial Disclosure Act when nominated for office, each year while holding office, and when leaving office. This statement details the corporate and personal holdings of the elected official. By providing transparency regarding financial interests, this statement helps to identify potential conflict of interest situations. the financial disclosure statement is not the same as the campaign financing disclosure statement, which is only required at the end of the election process. Both types of financial disclosure statements must be filed with the local government corporate officer.
The financial disclosure statements of elected officials are open to public scrutiny, and failure to file a financial disclosure statement carries a penalty of up to $10,000.

OATH OF OFFICE
Local Government Elections Regulations
http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/380_93#section1

I, ..[name of person elected or appointed].., do .. [swear] [solemnly affirm] that:

• I am qualified to hold the office of .....[office]..... for the .....[jurisdiction]..... to which I have been [elected] [appointed];

• I have not, by myself or any other person, knowingly contravened the .....[applicable Act]..... respecting vote buying or intimidation in relation to my election to the office; [not applicable to persons who have been appointed]

• I will faithfully perform the duties of my office, and will not allow any private interest to influence my conduct in public matters;

• as required by the .....[applicable Act]....., I will disclose any direct or indirect pecuniary interest I have in a matter and will not participate in the discussion of the matter and will not vote in respect of the matter.