2017-10-18

Mayor Bailey issues statement over harbour incident



  • <p>GAYLE WILSON PHOTO</p><p>Rachel Bailey, mayor of the Town of Lunenburg.</p>

Rachel Bailey, Mayor of Lunenburg, has released a public statement about the alleged assault she's charged Lunenburg tour boat operator Bill Flower with after a much-publicized incident in which Flower is alleged to have smeared the mayor with sewage from the Lunenburg harbour.

What follows is Bailey's statement on the incident: On August 14th, 2017, I stopped at the Inshore Fishermen's Wharf in Lunenburg on my way home from a morning run. During the course of what began there as a discussion, another person participating in the exchange put his hands on me in a manner that is unacceptable. I subsequently reported the incident to the RCMP. It is my understanding that the person has been charged with assault and, since being charged, has chosen to speak publicly about the incident.

As a witness in a criminal proceeding, it would be inappropriate for me to comment on this matter until it has been dealt with by the courts. Details of the incident described in media reports do not reconcile with the statement I made to the police which will be a part of the criminal proceedings.

The citizens of the Town of Lunenburg are to be assured that the work of Town Council is ongoing and will continue to be my priority as the Mayor. A primary responsibility of a municipal government is to develop and maintain a safe community. Elected and unelected officials of the Town of Lunenburg must be able to discuss issues affecting the Town without fear of violence or subjection to physical force of any kind. Every citizen should feel safe in Lunenburg.

Flower has publicly voiced opinion, including in a letter to the Progress Bulletin, that the Lunenburg Harbour is heavily polluted with sewage run-off and is in serious need of rehabilitation.

Flower is due to appear in Bridgewater court on April 11, 2018. Flower denies the charge.

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