Kerri Claire Neil, a newly elected member of Memorial University’s Board of Regents, is facing calls to resign after recent tweets in which she called for a “copless” future, and to “disarm, defund and dismantle” the local police force.
“In my opinion, as an alumni and more importantly as a citizen of this province, Ms. Neil should be removed from her position of office immediately,” said MUN alumnus Mark Lane, who is leading the charge to remove Neil.
“This sort of behaviour is disgraceful and disgusting and unacceptable especially as a figure in a position of trust.”
Neil previously ran as a provincial NDP candidate in a 2018 by-election in the district of Windsor Lake, where she placed a distant third. The by-election was won by PC Leader Ches Crosbie, while Liberal Paul Antle placed second.
Since then, Neil has grown a significant following on Twitter and Facebook, where she has previously faced criticism for her stead-fast opposition to the province’s offshore oil industry, opposing the celebration of Remembrance Day, and for self-declaring herself a communist.
Lane is encouraging those who disagree with Neil’s position to contact the Office of the President of Memorial University, Vianne Timmons, at email@example.com.