The Canadian Taxpayers Federation and some members of Vancouver city council are ganging up on that city’s mayor over spending to oppose pipelines.
The taxpayers’ lobby says the City of Vancouver has spent more than $300-thousand over two years in the fight against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.
Councillor Melissa De Genova questions the spending. “I understand the mayor was the face of the campaign, and that $20-thousand was spent on social media and digital media campaigns that reached outside of Vancouver. The majority of that money was actually spent in Ontario.” The other $283-thousand was spend on research so Mayor Gregor Robertson and the city could appear as an intervenor at an August National Energy Board hearing
Jordan Bateman with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says the city has no business dabbling in anti-pipeline ads. “Frankly, Gregor Robertson, the City of Vancouver, completely irrelevant to this process. Nothing that they’ve brought up was new information or earth-shattering information that this board hasn’t heard before.”
Jordan Bateman says the city is wasting money on an issue that is beyond its mandate. “Here we have the City of Vancouver spends $300-thousand, meddling in other government’s business, for no other reason that to score political points with the environmental folks who support Vision Vancouver.”
He says the money could have gone to more worthwhile causes like housing.
Robertson has not reacted to the criticism.