No by-election date set for empty Hornby Island trustee seat
Hornby Island trustee Tony Law resigned on Oct. 25, 2018, Photo sourced from Islands Trust
HORNBY ISLAND, B.C- It’s not clear when another election will be held on Hornby Island.
Late last week, Hornby Island trustee Tony Law resigned from his trustee position, and as chair of the Islands Trust Conservancy.
The cause of the resignation was given as “allegations of a personal nature” which recently came to light. The Comox Valley Record has reported on those allegations, which came from multiple female residents of the island in the wake of Law’s recent re-election.
“Given the allegations, Trustee Law felt it would be best to step back from public life,” said Islands Trust Council Chair Peter Luckham, in a news release issued on Friday.
“It would be inappropriate for me or the Trust to comment on the resignation, except to say that our thoughts are with the people of Hornby Island as they work their way through this difficult time. These are not easy conversations to have but they must happen to ensure that all members of our community feel heard and valued.”
The resignation will trigger a by-election on the island, for one of the two trustee positions on Hornby.
However, the timing of that by-election remains unclear. As of Monday morning, Islands Trust staff indicated that no electoral officer had been put in place, and a timeline on when that would happen was not available.
Once an electoral officer is put in place, a by-election will have to be held within 80 days.
None of the senior elected officials or staff for Islands Trust were available for comment for this story.