Vancouver city council motion calls for mayor to urge for “speedy end” to NHL labour dispute
Vision Vancouver councillorGeoff Meggs is set to introduce a motion next week asking the mayor to write to the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association, urging a “speedy end” to their labour dispute.
The councillor’s motion also proposes that city council endorse the City of Ottawa’s appeal to other cities with NHL teams to join in calling for a fast resolution to the lockout.
“The Canucks generate revenues in excess of $100 million annually, as well as spinoff benefits of a similar magnitude for the local economy,” the motion from Meggs reads.
“The loss of the entire season by one of Vancouver’s leading professional sports teams would have a ripple effect on thousands of city residents, from employees of the Canucks, to food vendors and security and cleaning staff at Rogers Arena, as well as local sports bars, restaurants, hotels, with a total economic loss of tens of millions of dollars.”
NHL players have been locked out since mid-September.
Council will consider Meggs's motion at its next meeting on December 11.