Not having public meetings means that the members of the assembly won't be hounded by pro- and anti- amalgamation people. These are supposed to be 96 people, some of whom won't have any experience with the fairly intense crap that can be thrown at you publicly, not to mention media that straight up make up stuff about you.
If you want to see what happens when meetings are public, take the example of the CRD's Deer Mgmt Committee: Eagle-eyed viewers will spot me when I worked for CRD Regional Planning (and was much less grey)
For the record, I am an Esquimalt resident, so no personal stake, but even if I were a Victoria resident like I was from 2014 to 2017, I would still support meeting in private with public, non-identifiable minutes.
Edited by Coreyburger, 21 March 2019 - 08:00 AM.