POLITICS

Saint John city council calls special meeting to discuss conflict of interest

02/05/2015 04:39 EST | Updated 04/07/2015 05:59 EDT
SAINT JOHN, N.B. - The mayor of Saint John, N.B., says a special meeting of city council has been called for Friday evening to discuss if new rules are needed to deal with perceived conflicts of interest.

Mayor Mel Norton says he and deputy mayor Shelley Rinehart did nothing wrong when they accepted a free flight on a J.D. Irving Ltd. airplane last week to attend Premier Brian Gallant's state of the province address.

Norton says they accepted the flight only to ensure the city was represented at the business dinner in Fredericton.

Norton's ticket to the dinner and speech was paid for by the Port of Saint John.

He says concerns have been raised, so he wants a discussion on all perceived conflicts of interest.

Norton says the conflict rules are being followed but he is open to changes if councillors feel they are needed.