The sudden move came after provincial authorities said an earlier hearing decision overseen by city manager Tracy Samra had overstepped the council’s legal authority.
City clerk Sheila Gurrie issued the cancellation notice on Friday for a hearing that was set to take place on Monday at 1:00pm.
No new date has been set and no official reasons were given for the cancellation.
It’s understood that Ms. Samra, a lawyer herself who was embarrassed by provincial criticism of the earlier decision, is seeking more legal advice.
Said Mr. McKay: “I was advised the hearing has been postponed with no new date offered other than it is expected to be rescheduled for a so far undisclosed date in February.”
News Nanaimo reported January 14 that provincial authorities had found a censure hearing against councillor Diane Brennan exceeded the council’s power when it ruled she had “violated” provincial laws.
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner and well-known municipal lawyer John Alexander all said the council’s actions usurped the role of the courts and infringed on provincial jurisdiction.
The mayor is facing censure on allegations that Ms. Samra and the council majority led by Bill Bestwick tried to pursue through a civil suit, citizens’ court petition and an RCMP complaint.
In a statement on December 27, the council said it would would pursue censure against Mr. McKay instead to “achieve a meaningful outcome.”