The mayor of Vancouver has weighed in on a media report saying that the federal government is going to transfer the management of Granville Island from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.
In a statement, Gregor Robertson said the city is against the port authority, which calls itself Port Metro Vancouver, gaining control of Granville Island.
"Granville Island is one of Vancouver’s most treasured places, and one of the top two tourist destinations anywhere in Canada. It is a national landmark in the core of our city, and a vibrant hub for tourism, world-renowned arts and culture, local food, and small business. Local decision-making and operations are crucial to Granville Island's revitalization and continued success," Robertson said.
“The City of Vancouver is strongly opposed to Granville Island being controlled by Port Metro Vancouver, and we made our position clear to the Port and the Government of Canada in discussions and correspondence over many months. As Mayor, I have worked to support a transfer or lease to the City, or the creation of an independent local authority with a mandate that is specific to Granville Island’s unique character.
“Port Metro Vancouver will always be an important part of our region's trade economy, but Granville Island’s success is as a cherished centre for local food, the creative sector, and tourism that highlights the best Vancouver has to offer. The future of Granville Island should be built on that foundation.”
Writing in the Vancouver Sun, columnist Daphne Bramham called the transfer of Granville Island a "secret deal that is all but done".