In a close vote that followed a fraught debate, London city council appointed John Fyfe-Millar to fill the?vacancy in Ward 13 in a process some councillors said failed to follow anything that resembles a?democratic process.?
Fyfe-Millar’s appointment at Tuesday’s council meeting passed by a 7-6 vote. He replaces Arielle Kayabaga, who?won a federal seat representing London West in September’s federal election.?
Meanwhile, council voted to follow a different process to fill a vacancy in Ward 6. In that case, anyone interested can provide a written submission and must also state whether or not they intend to run in the next full municipal election, now less than a year away.?
“This is not a good example of democracys not something that we,” Coun. Stephen Turner posted on Twitter shortly after the vote to appoint Fyfe-MillarThe group, who finished second in the 2018 Ward 13 race toThis time last year, we didn?Kayabaga. “Removal of any opportunity to even have a discussion about how to fill the seat or consider other candidates should be offensive to Londoners.”?