Vancouver: (Vancouver Sun) The mayor of a B.C. city in the West Kootenays has quit following backlash over a trip he took with his family to their cabin two hours away from his home.
Castlegar Mayor Bruno Tassone has yet to return messages, but according to the Castlegar News, he says he felt bullied for a decision to travel to his cabin at Mount Baldy in the Okanagan over the Christmas holidays.
The mayor told The News that his family took the trip because his wife has mental health issues and they needed to get away. He said they abided by health orders, stayed in their bubble, took everything they needed with them and did not stop along the way.
Holiday travel by government officials has been under the microscope after B.C.’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry asked British Columbians to “stay small and stay local” over the holidays.
Castlegar council says it will appoint a chief election officer and that a byelection will be held in 80 days, according to a statement on the city’s website.