Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor Amanda McDougall has delivered an early Christmas present.
The 37-year-old McDougall, who was elected as mayor just six weeks ago, has given birth to a baby boy named Emmett. News of the weekend birth began to spread across social media late Monday.
The new mother is now taking some time off.
District 2 councillor Earlene MacMullin, who was acclaimed deputy mayor at last week’s council meeting, will fill in during McDougall’s absence.
“While the mayor is focusing on recovery and family, our council team and staff will manage the business of the municipality,” said MacMullin, in a written statement released Monday afternoon.
“We congratulate her and wish the mayor and her family a wonderful Christmas season.”
McDougall becomes the second sitting member of council to give birth in the past couple of years. Former councillor and now MLA Kendra Coombes had a baby girl last year.