Interactions between Council members should involve active communication seeking to understand each other and the thinking behind their separate positions whether they be similar or different.
This approach leads to better Council policy through the airing of everyone’s views before voting on issues of significance. They should remain civil no matter what their disagreements so that reasoned discussion can occur and can be followed by the public if they wish to.
This may all seem obvious, but I have seen past Councils where one or two councillors would sometimes abandon all civility and launch insulting attacks on other members whether directly or indirectly by belittling or painting their positions as evil. There has, fortunately, been none of that at Colwood Council for some years now. Long may this continue.