Revised Act Calls For Candidate Record Checks

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 12:28



Criminal record checks could soon be coming to northern municipal politics.


The provincial government has announced changes to the northern municipalities act.


The amendment allows towns and villages to pass bylaws forcing would-be candidates to submit to a basic criminal check, a measure that’s believed to a first in Canada.


Municipal Affairs Minister Jeremy Harrison says the change isn’t intended to disqualify anyone from running, but rather to ensure that voters can make an informed choice.


He adds the move is also aimed at maintaining public confidence and respect in those who hold office.


The new edition of the Act also provides increased authority for northern municipalities to respond to situations involving dangerous dogs.