Vancouver NPA demands resignation of Coun. Michael Wiebe

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      The party with the most seats on Vancouver city council has urged a Green city councillor to call it quits.

      In a statement issued today, the NPA declared that in light of a 14-page report by lawyer Raymond Young, Coun. Michael Wiebe should give up any attempt to remain in office.

      Following a complaint by nonpractising lawyer Mike Redmond, Young was appointed to investigate whether Wiebe was in conflict. This came in connection for voting on motions dealing with patio permits in May when Wiebe's own restaurant would benefit from any policy change.

      In a report to the mayor's office, Young determined that Wiebe's "conflict of interest actions cannot be viewed as an error in judgement made in good faith".

      Moreover, Young determined that under the Vancouver Charter, Wiebe was disqualified from holding a local elected office until the next election.

      "Because of these findings and Councillor Wiebe's failure to uphold his basic duty as an elected official, the NPA is calling on Michael Wiebe to do the right thing and resign before forcing his council colleagues to vote on his removal or have 10 or more electors in Vancouver apply for a court order forcing his resignation," the NPA stated.

      Wiebe, on the other hand, has insisted that he was acting in good faith.

      The Vancouver Charter allows an elected official who violates the conflict-of-interest code to remain in office if this "was done inadvertently or because of an error in judgment made in good faith".

      The NPA has four seats in the 11-member council chamber. The Greens have three seats on council. OneCity and COPE each have one councillor, and the 10th councillor, Rebecca Bligh, and Mayor Kennedy Stewart are independents.