MARYSTOWN, NL – Marystown councillors defended their working relationship Tuesday in response to a recent Facebook status posted by former councillor and mayoral candidate Lisa Slaney.
The issue was brought forward by Deputy Mayor Gary Myles towards the end of this week’s meeting.
Myles did not initially identify Slaney by name. Mayor Sam Synard later did, however.
Myles said he had a screen shot of Slaney’s post that had been sent to him, which he read verbatim during the meeting.
The Southern Gazette verified the post on Slaney’s Facebook page.
“Had a call from a current elected official who stated they know what we had experienced for four years. Sometimes validation is the best victory,” she wrote.
Slaney and other members of the previous council had a contentious relationship with Synard. Slaney unsuccessfully ran against him in last year’s municipal election.
Myles said the post strongly implied that the “current elected official” Slaney refers to is a member of the new council.
All seven councillors have denied calling Slaney and saying anything of the sort, however, he said.
“We can’t allow this kind of information to leak out there as if it were truth when it’s not,” Myles said.
Coun. Loretta Lewis also said there was no trouble amongst the current council.
Other councillors concurred.
“We have a focus, we have a common goal, we’re all working towards it, and that’s where our time and energy needs to be,” Lewis said.
“We know that everything we do it’s not going to be liked, but it’s part and parcel of being a part of the council.”
Synard, meanwhile, said Slaney was a “troublemaker” as a councillor and continues to be one towards council as a private citizen. He suggested she was trying to drive a wedge between councillors.
“We are working really well together as a council. That comment was made on Facebook in a direct attempt to again smear me somehow,” he said.
“We’re off to a great start. We’ve got some great projects on the go here.”
Synard said Slaney should either identify who made the phone call to her or apologize for fabricating the comment.
“One or the other,” he said.
On Wednesday afternoon, Slaney told The Southern Gazette that she had been made aware of council’s discussion, but as she had not yet seen the footage herself, she had no comment on what was said during the meeting.
Marystown council now posts live video of its meetings on the town’s Facebook page, where it can also be viewed afterwards.
“My only comment is that I would think council has more pressing issues to discuss other than residents’ (Facebook) pages and that I wish them well in all future endeavours that will benefit the area and the people of Marystown,” Slaney said.