The Mayor of Vancouver is coming under fire by his colleagues on council and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
The CTF says Mayor Gregor Robertson used more than $300,000 opposing pipeline infrastructure, specifically the Trans Mountain Pipeline project.
Councillor Melissa De Genova questions the spending.
“Understanding that the mayor was the face of the campaign and that $20,000 was spent on social media and digital media campaigns that reached outside of Vancouver,” explained De Genova. “The majority of that money was actually spent in Ontario.”
De Genova says the ads weren’t even targeted in Vancouver it was geared to Ontarians.
She says the other $283,000 went to research.
Jordan Bateman with the CTF says Vancouver has no business dabbling in anti-pipeline ads.
“Frankly, Gregor Robertson and the city of Vancouver are completely irrelevant to the process,” explained Bateman. “Nothing they have brought up was new information or earth-shattering information that the board hasn’t heard before.”
Bateman says Vancouver and Robertson will appear as intervenors at a National Energy Board hearing in August after spending around 283-thousand dollars on research.
Jordan Bateman says the city is wasting money on an issue that is beyond its mandate.
“Now we have an example where Vancouver spends $300,000 meddling in other governments business for no other reason than to score political points with environmental folks who are supporting Vision Vancouver,” explained Bateman.
He says the money could have gone to more worthwhile causes like housing. (twd, CKNW)