Rice is in a conflict of interest

Re: Jennifer Rice should step down from council and Jennifer Rice holding both council seat and MLA seat.

Editor:

Re: Jennifer Rice should step down from council and Jennifer Rice holding both council seat and MLA seat.

It is almost a given that the NDP will again represent the North Coast and that Jennifer Rice will be our next MLA.

Although there is no legislation that forbids an MLA from holding a seat on municipal council I was a little shocked that Ms Rice said she was not sure if she would vacate her council seat after the election.

This to me would indicate that Ms. Rice would not beĀ  a devoted MLA representing the whole riding.

I believe that Ms. Rice should vacate her seat to show transparency during her tenure and avoid any perceived conflicts of interest. I do not think that she would be able to give her full attention to both appointments.

Len Lovering