Gregor Robertson, Christy Clark up ante on Stanley Cup riot “losers”
Speaking to a throng of media types downtown today (June 16), a clearly agitated Mayor Gregor Robertson lashed out against what he called “a bunch of losers” who smashed and looted Vancouver’s downtown core and tarnished the city’s reputation worldwide.
“We have the Festival of Lights celebration in English Bay, we have the Grey Cup later this year, and we fully intend to have big celebrations,” said Robertson at the news conference today, flanked to his right by Premier Christy Clark and Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association executive director Charles Gauthier. “We are not going to back off and give our city over to a bunch of losers. We are not going to let them change our plans to gather in big numbers and celebrate who we are in Vancouver.”
The mayor and the premier both insisted the perpetrators of the violence were a small, determined, and targeted group of what Robertson called “hard-core criminals” but offered no specifics. The premier said there is too much evidence out there for the acts to be “anonymous”. She asked that people turn in their footage so the perpetrators could be brought to justice.
“You’re not going to be able to hide behind your bandana or your hoodie,” Clark said.
Gauthier said he could not provide estimates yet of the cost of the damage to downtown businesses that suffered damage due to vandalism and looting. He said about 50 properties suffered some form of damage, adding that it is hard to ascertain costs because many merchants were just waking up to the realities of the extent of the damage done following yesterday’s Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Two Georgia Straight boxes were totally melted in the rioting and countless others were tossed around, while one was tossed through a store window.
Robertson was joined by all the Vision Vancouver councillors this morning, with NPA mayoral candidate Suzanne Anton also watching from the sidelines.
Robertson, Clark, and Anton later signed the so-called “Sorry” wall that was put up on the side of the boarded-up Bay building today.