Kings County deputy warden says he has no conflict dealing with Michelin matters

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Brian Hirtle

Brian Hirtle was employed with the company for many years, but Kings County’s deputy warden says he has no conflict of interest when dealing with matters concerning Michelin.

Following the May 6 Kings County council session where it was announced that council would be holding an in-camera meeting with Michelin, Hirtle was asked if he thinks he is in a conflict of interest when dealing with Michelin matters.

He said he had a “prosperous 34 years with them,” but he’s been retired for a number of years and is no longer affiliated with the tire maker in any way. Hirtle said he is not paid by Michelin and is “not in the inner circle.” His pension comes from a pension fund that is not administered by the company.

While he’s proud to have worked for Michelin in the past, he has “no connection to them as a company anymore,” he said.

“It’s a bit of a bone of contention with me that people have planted that seed,” Hirtle said.

Michelin has a great reputation in Nova Scotia, he said, adding, “I’ll stand high on the hill so people understand they’ve been a great employer for our province.”

Hirtle pointed out the example of a fellow councillor who owns and operates a farm. This colleague is not in a conflict of interest when dealing with general agricultural matters. Likewise, he said he’s not in a conflict dealing with matters concerning Michelin because he has no direct affiliation anymore.

Read more about the potential Michelin expansion and impact on the municipal airport here.

 

Organizations: Kings County council

Geographic location: Kings, Nova Scotia

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  • What about the Others??
    May 19, 2014 - 11:41

    I agree a lot of Councillors vote on things they should not. What about Patricia Bishop? She is in a conflict most of the time with her farm (Taproot) and all the connections she has to the wolfville farmers market which gets money from they county etc. What about her membership and support to the farmland trust? What about Councillor Bishop sending her children to places the municipality funds? Is the media going to interview her next week to talk about all of her conflict of interests? I think they should!

    • michelin
      May 19, 2014 - 13:16

      right on...she is also not 1 of 3 not in favor of any development in kings county, unless it benefits her and 'her industry"

    • michelin
      May 19, 2014 - 13:17

      right on...she is also not 1 of 3 not in favor of any development in kings county, unless it benefits her and 'her industry"

  • michlelin
    May 19, 2014 - 09:04

    who raised this non-issue? The director of non-development Pauline Raven?