Mayor of Pouce Coupe asked to resign

Council members of the Village of Pouce Coupe have asked the mayor to resign.

The decison comes less than an hour ago at the village office. An impromptu council meeting was held this morning Saturday to discuss Pouce Coupe mayor Lorraine Michetti's remarks over the last 24 hours.

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"Don't want Pipeline's? They want to protect our land. Yeah ok," Michetti wrote in a post to Facebook Wednesday, followed by pictures of homes strewn with garbage. The post drew swift condemnation from the community and political leaders, which many called "racist and hateful" for its apparent depiction of First Nations housing stereotypes.

Village councillors also removed Michetti from all boards and commissions representing the village.

PRRD Board Chair Brad Sperling said"I wish to clearly state that we find the sentiment in the post deeply troubling. This was posted to a personal Facebook account. The post does not in any way reflect the views of the Peace River Regional District and we wholeheartedly reject the message contained in it," he said. 

"Our anti-racism policy clearly and firmly commits the PRRD to conducting its business in an anti-discriminatory and anti-racist manner and environment. This policy applies to elected officials of the PRRD. This is a violation of that policy and once again, we reject in the strongest terms the sentiment expressed in this post."

This is a developing story....

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