Souris mayor had ‘no other choice’

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MAU­REEN COUL­TER

Souris Mayor David MacDon­ald has re­signed.

A spe­cial meet­ing was held Fri­day af­ter­noon where CAO Shel­ley Lavie and Souris town coun­cil ac­cepted an of­fi­cial res­ig­na­tion from the embattled eastern P.E.I. mayor.

MacDon­ald’s res­ig­na­tion came two days af­ter The Guardian pub­lished a story that in­cluded de­tails of an email ex­change be­tween MacDon­ald and a man who com­plained about bro­ken glass on the beach in Souris.

MacDon­ald used some harsh and ques­tion­able lan­guage in that email ex­change, and dur­ing an in­ter­view with The Guardian, in­clud­ing, at one point, re­fer­ring to the man as a “men­tal midget.”

“Was told u live in B.C. hence ref­er­ence to drugs but told u live in U.S. hence your Trump-like treat­ment of my staff, still wait­ing for apol­ogy, but the Don­ald does not do that,’’ MacDon­ald wrote in one email.

In a news re­lease is­sued on Fri­day af­ter­noon, it was made clear that the com­ments made by MacDon­ald were not rep­re­sen­ta­tive of coun­cil or the town

of Souris.

“Mem­bers of the Souris town coun­cil would like to ex­tend their sin­cer­est apol­ogy to Mr. Mike MacDon­ald, his fam­ily and to mem­bers of the pub­lic who have been of­fended by the re­cently pub­lished com­ments made by Mayor David MacDon­ald dur­ing a dis­pute be­tween Mr. MacDon­ald and the mayor,” the re­lease said.

“Souris town coun­cil strives to make our town a wel­com­ing and vi­brant place to live, visit and to do busi­ness in. We wel­come vis­i­tors from near and far and value every­one’s con­cerns and opin­ions whether they are a res­i­dent or not.”

MacDon­ald did reach out to the re­gional man­ag­ing editor at The Guardian the day be­fore his res­ig­na­tion stat­ing his in­ten­tions.

“I have no other choice,” he said dur­ing that phone call.

The Guardian tried to con­tact MacDon­ald Fri­day but was un­able to reach him for com­ment.

In the mean­time, Deputy Mayor De­nis Thi­bodeau will serve as in­terim mayor.

The Guardian did reach him at home.

“There is not much to talk about,” he said.

“The mayor called the meet­ing and he pre­sented his let­ter of res­ig­na­tion and that’s the end of the story.”

Souris town coun­cil will set a date for a by­elec­tion dur­ing the next town coun­cil meet­ing July 10.


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