Mayor of Granby says he's breaking up with Facebook — for the sake of his family

Granby mayor Pascal Bonin says he's had enough of Facebook.

On Friday, the mayor announced on his Facebook page that he will no longer be reachable on Facebook — instead, he'll be reachable via e-mail, and of course, via the other traditional methods.

"Facebook, it's freedom of expression, but it also has the power to injure, to defame, and to intimidate," Bonin's post reads. "The keyboard has become the newest weapon of choice in our society."

Bonin has used Facebook for years, as a way of communicating with his residents. But now, the father of three says he'd like to spend more time with his family — and keep away from all the trolls and the negative comments which are all too common on the social network.

"It was my family that brought up the subject," Bonin told CJAD 800's Leslie Roberts on Monday. "I was putting too much time on [Facebook], and it was getting on me, and on them, much more than I expected. Actually, I think i was stupid not to see this before."

He says his days don't start at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m., like the rest of the world — rather, his days would start at around 7 a.m., and not end until 11 p.m., when he answers the last of his Facebook messages.

In his post, he says that both he and his family were on the receiving end of hateful comments from trolls.

"According to people on Facebook, I live in a castle, I drive a Tesla and I smoke crack, while in real life I live on Richelieu St., I drive a Honda and I drink green juice. It's a lot less sexy being a regular guy, but much more satisfying to be real."

He says he's quitting Facebook as something of an anniversary gift for his family.

"In a few days I'll be celebrating my 20th wedding anniversary," he says. "As a gift, I'm offering my family the gift of closing my Facebook account...No more answering people at 11 o'clock at night, and no more dependence on ridiculous notifications."

He says he won't get back on social media until his term ends.