Surrey mayor Dianne Watts apologizes for liking Facebook posts that slam city councillor

Dec 19 2017, 5:19 pm

Have you ever had to publicly apologize for something you “liked” on Facebook?

Surrey mayor Dianne Watts is in the hot seat after she liked four posts on Facebook that ridiculed fellow city councillor Barinder Rasode.

According to the Surrey Now, the four liked posts were by local blogger Alex Tsakumis regarding Rasode’s public comments that Surrey’s strategy for its troubled Newton neighbourhood isn’t working. With the comments made less than a week after the fatal attack on 53-year old hockey mom Julie Paskall, Tsakumis criticized Rasode for “trying to score political points on lies” while other councillors went for the “dignified” route.

“I cannot believe that no one has taken either (Laila) Yuile or Rasode to task for what they have done,” writes Tsakumis. “Paskall’s body hadn’t hit to morgue (sic) yet and there’s Rasode in front of a camera saying that Surrey ‘hasn’t done enough!'”

Other posts by Tsakumis also called Rasode “disgusting” and “shameless” and a “coward.”

The Now reports that Watts claims she unknowingly liked his posts by accident and Rasode has also confirmed that the mayor has sent a email apologizing for the error.

See below for the email Watts sent to Surrey city councillors regarding the issue:

“It has come to my attention that for some reason it showed that I ‘liked’ comments that Alex Tsakumis (sic). Please know that this was not done intentionally. I read it last evening and I immediately contacted Alex and told him to take it down. I will forward all of you that message. It is inappropriate and I will not support or condone those comments made towards any member of Council.

“From what I gather when reading it on my Ipad (sic) if I tap it twice it automatically likes it. I am so sorry. My daughter brought it to my attention and I had assumed it was rectified.

“If this has caused you any distress, I sincerely apologize. I will also post on Alex facebook (sic) page as well. Again I apologize.”

Featured Image: Kevin Sauvé, the Pembina Institute

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