09/02/2015 11:54 EDT | Updated 09/02/2016 01:12 EDT

Newfoundland mayor calls for new election after council asks him to resign

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — The mayor of a small Newfoundland town wants the province to dissolve what he says is a "dysfunctional" council — one day after it voted for his resignation.

Sam Synard has been mayor of Marystown for 15 years and says an allegation of conflict of interest is "frivolous and personal."

He says it's the latest sign the seven-member council has become dysfunctional and should be scrapped in favour of an early municipal vote.

Synard was acclaimed and five new members, four of them women, won four-years terms just two years ago.

He says internal friction has reached the point where the majority of council would vote against him if he discovered a cure for cancer.

Other council members and the provincial municipal affairs minister were not immediately available for comment.

The Canadian Press