Mayor Gregor Robertson "regrets" that he praised Premier Gordon Campbell

Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson, a former NDP MLA, "regrets" that he went over the top in praising B.C. premier Gordon Campbell, a member of the mayor’s caucus told the Straight.

Vision Vancouver councillor Geoff Meggs, an old NDP hand, said that he spoke with Robertson about the mayor’s glowing introduction of the Liberal premier at a March 30 conference.

"My concern is that people will read this as a partisan statement, and I don’t think it was intended that way," Meggs said. "The mayor regrets that his language was a bit unguarded."

In his introduction of the premier, Robertson commended Campbell’s "leadership", and said that he may actually have "a bit of advantage" in going for a "three-peat", or a third term.

Meggs said that the mayor is working to get the province’s help on municipal issues, and that’s why he needs to have a "relationship" with the governing party.

"He really regrets the confusion that this has caused in some quarters," Meggs said. "There’s no doubt it has frustrated some people, but I think the long gain here is to make sure that we get everything done to fight homelessness, work on transportation issues."

Mel Lehan, Campbell’s NDP challenger in Vancouver–Point Grey, hopes Robertson will turn up one of these days at his events. The NDP candidate claimed he is "doing stuff in the community that earns respect", while the premier has alienated a lot of people.

"The thing is, the mayor and I have a lot in common," Lehan told the Straight. "We’re both community people. He and I are both very involved in food-security issues. He and I are both bicyclists. He and I are both very involved in environmental things, and we’re both fighting climate change. And we’re both involved also in homelessness."

Lehan noted that he’s organizing a public meeting on the impact of building a UBC–bound rapid-transit line along the West Broadway corridor. The forum will be held Tuesday (April 14) at St. James Community Square starting at 7:30 p.m.




Apr 9, 2009 at 11:40am

The only thing Gregor Robertson didn't say to the Emperor was, "Shoe shine master?"

I am glad Lehan is taking the impacts from yet another expensive choo choo in Vancouver. If one looks at the aftermath of what happened to Cambie Village and its businesses and community one would see the urgency to start to grapple with the deception, pretense for public consultation and 'technical' reports written to sell a project rather than appraise.

Has anyone wondered why anyone would build a $2.4 billion train to UBC, the first of the local universities to site itself not in the middle of a transit hub but at the butt end of one?

Wouldn't it be cheaper to move the university to Main and Terminal, the old rail yards, where two trains worth over $3 billion, and six bus routes already either pass by or terminate at this location.

The locations chosen for both our major universities, West Point Grey and Burnaby Mtn, couldn't have been more idiotic. It's time to take another trek, UBC, and release the rest of us from having to pay for some more redundant transportation infrastructure.

Unless Lehan is willing to entertain a totally different scenerio his well intentioned meetings will end like the meetings with the 2010 Bid Corp, RAVCO etc. More charades.

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