Mayoral candidate claims ID theft
Disparaging comments about police attributed to Will Boissoin
A candidate for North Bay mayor is disputing comments attributed to him in an online article.
Will Boissoin claims a fake Facebook account was set up in his name, and was used to comment on a story about the North Bay Police Association preparing a list of preferred candidates in the Oct. 22 municipal election.
Boissoin said he “heard about someone making a fake account,” to comment on the story.
Boissoin declined an opportunity to address the issue, but in an e-mail asked “Why would I respond to this crap they put out there?”
A story on Baytoday.ca titled Mayoral candidate makes controversial ‘bacon’ comment about local police quoted Boissoin as saying “I bet I am not on that list since I want RCMP and OPP pricing ” for police services in North Bay before making disparaging comments about “every cop.”
“Bay today post some stupid s**t from a fake facebook account and now are facing a massive lawsuit,” Boissoin said in an e-mail to The Nugget.
Aaron Northrup, president of the North Bay Police Association, called the comments “totally inappropriate.”
As of 5:39 pm, the story was shared 639 times, including by incumbent mayoral candidate Al Mcdonald who wrote: “This is totally uncalled for and very unprofessional for anyone to state, let alone a mayoral candidate.
“Mr Boissoin should immediately apologize to the women and men of all Police Services and publicly withdraw his comments,” Mcdonald wrote. “I stand with the women and men of our Police Services with unwavering support. Please share if you agree!”
Baytoday.ca editor Jeff Turl and reporter Chris Dawson did not return calls. However, Baytoday’s story was updated with comments from Boissoin.