Andrea Reimer brings forward motion targeting Vancouver councillors' "undisclosed conflicts"

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      More than a month after it was first unveiled, a motion calling for more political transparency will be debated in the Vancouver council chamber.

      Vision Vancouver councillor Andrea Reimer is seeking council's approval to provide the public with more access to information on potential conflicts of interest.

      Her motion would ask staff "to provide a mechanism" to shed more light on councillors who generate incomes through public-relations and government-relations firms.

      An NPA councillor, George Affleck, is president and CEO of Curve Communications.

      Another NPA councillor, Hector Bremner, is a vice president of the Pace Group, which is a Vancouver-based public-relations company.

      Reimer also wants more transparency with councillors that generate income through holding companies of other entities that "obscure pecuniary interest".

      Her motion will be debated at the Wednesday (December 13) meeting of council's finance and services committee.

      Reimer's motion alleges that on a number of occasions, unnamed councillors "have referenced employment relationships or declared conflicts with corporate entities not listed on their Statement of Financial Disclosure".

      "Recently a Councillor stated they would donate 100% of their publicly funded salary to charity indicating they receive substantial personal financial benefit from private interests but the exact interests are unclear due to the nature of their external employment," the motion states. "These undisclosed conflicts appear to exist as a result of Councillors who work as lobbyists or government and public relations consultants on behalf of corporate interests."

      There's no indication that any member of the current council has voted on any matter in which he or she has a pecuniary interest.

      Earlier this year, the Vancouver Courier reported that Bremner "would commit to donate his $82,000 councillor salary this year to 'whatever worthy cause' ".

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