Update: The article includes comments from Lorraine Michetti.
POUCE COUPE, B.C – Ken Drover has resigned as a councillor for the Village of Pouce Coupe.
Drover sent in his resignation letter to the village Wednesday following Mayor Lorraine Michetti’s controversial social media activity.
Following the news of his resignation, Michetti told Energeticcity she wishes Drover the best.
“I am just so sorry all this happened. That’s all I can say,” says Michetti.
“It was great working with Ken. He brought a lot of knowledge to the table. He did his homework when it came to doing anything in the village.”
Michetti made her first appearance in front of council on Monday after posts made on her personal Facebook page began circulating the Peace Region on February 19th.
During the meeting, Drover questioned Michetti about one of the posts.
“You would liken your position to a Jew in a cattle car waiting to go to…” says Drover.
“Once they take our guns away, back when Hitler, that’s what it was all about,” responds Michetti.
“How dare you? That is a terrible, terrible comparison,” says Drover.
The original post that began circulating Facebook groups last week read: “Don’t want pipeline’s? They want to protect our land. Yeah ok”. The caption was followed by pictures of garbage surrounding multiple homes.
Council held a special meeting on February 20th after several residents and Peace Region leaders denounced the mayor’s actions. During the meeting, council unanimously voted to remove her from all committees and boards and asked for her resignation.
Michetti did not attend the meeting, saying she was too upset.
In a statement following the decision, Michetti refused to resign.
“Council did not elect me to do this job; neither did social media community groups or local media; people did. The people of Pouce Coupe that I have taken an oath to represent, and will continue to until those same people decide otherwise during a general election,” Michetti wrote in the statement.
Michetti says the “controversial meme” was originally posted “more than a year, or two ago”.
“I have formally apologized for this post and will continue to do so as we all move forward.
A petition was created this week calling for the mayor’s resignation. It currently has 548 signatures in the last 24 hours.
This story is developing, and more information may be included once it comes out.