MHAs file RNC com­plaint against Twit­ter troll

Spec­u­la­tion that troll ac­count @Wack­JobNL could have ties to politi­cians

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Sports - BY DAVID MA­HER david.ma­her@thetele­gram.com Twit­ter: DavidMa­herNL

Terra Nova MHA Colin Hol­loway and Har­bour Grace-Port de Grave MHA Pam Par­sons have jointly filed a com­plaint to the Royal New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary re­gard­ing anony­mous Twit­ter troll ac­count @Wack­JobNL.

Hol­loway and Par­sons both Lib­eral MHAs - were at RNC Head­quar­ters on Tues­day, May1, to file the com­plaint, which they say the RNC has ac­cepted, and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion has be­gun, ac­cord­ing to Hol­loway.

Hol­loway says over the week­end, tweets from the ac­count spoke about him­self and Par­sons “leak­ing like a Bay Roberts sewer.”

More than that, Hol­loway says the tweets came off as threatening to him­self and Par­sons, which prompted the com­plaint to be filed with po­lice.

There is some spec­u­la­tion about whether or not the ac­count has ties to any cur­rent or for­mer MHAs.

“We’re try­ing to fig­ure out how close this person is to us and if there’s any real con­cern,” said Hol­loway.

Par­sons says the pat­tern of tweets from the ac­count is dis­turb­ing.

“If you look back, it’s very specif­i­cally tar­geted at cer­tain politi­cians. First of all, it tar­gets the NDP - a lot of hate tweets against the NDP. Also, hate has gone out about Paul Davis and the PCs,” Par­sons said.

“So, it’s some­one who seems to know or have fol­lowed closely politi­cians and the like.”

Nei­ther Par­sons nor Hol­loway spec­u­lated about who is be­hind the ac­count.

Hol­loway says he has re­ceived two death threats since tak­ing of­fice. He says he dis­cussed the threats with the RCMP.

Hol­loway and Par­sons also filed for­mal com­plaints with Premier Dwight Ball and Com­mis­sioner of Leg­isla­tive Stan­dards Bruce Chaulk against for­mer Lib­eral cabi­net min­is­ters Eddie Joyce and Dale Kirby the day be­fore they vis­ited RNC Head­quar­ters.

Hol­loway didn’t say the ex­act na­ture of the com­plaints, only that they are sim­i­lar to those pre­vi­ously filed against the two - ha­rass­ment, but not sex­ual or phys­i­cal in na­ture.

Hol­loway also filed for­mal com­plaints with Chaulk against Op­po­si­tion Leader Paul Davis and Gerry Rogers, al­leg­ing they spread false in­for­ma­tion to the me­dia on Mon­day.

While the ex­act na­ture of the com­plaints against Davis and Rogers is dif­fer­ent than those against Joyce and Kirby, when the com­plaints came forth against Joyce and Kirby, they faced im­me­di­ate consequences.

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