Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan voted in as new Mayors’ Council chair

Corrigan, who’s been critical of Metro Vancouver transit decisions in the past, to take lead in 2018

In a secret-ballot vote by mayors in the region, Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan has defeated Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson for chair of the Metro Vancouver Mayors’ Council.

Beginning in 2018, Corrigan will take his position leading the group and its 10-Year Vision. Meanwhile, District of North Vancouver Mayor Richard Walton will also replace Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner, who decided against running for re-election.

The change in leadership comes at a time when many transportation projects in the works that have not yet been approved by the provincial government, including: the replacement of the Pattullo Bridge and rapid transit in Surrey and Langley.

In the past, Corrigan has also been critical of the transit plan’s heavy focus on the two biggest regions of Surrey and Vancouver – which he said isolates smaler communities.

READ MORE: Not all in favour of new TransLink board

After three consecutive one-year terms as vice-chair of the Mayors’ Council, Hepner said she “thought long and hard” about not seeking re-election.

“I will focus my attention on being in my own community,” Hepner said Thursday afternoon. “We have made an enormous amount of progress, we have two brand new governments in the last two years, provincially and federally, and I’m confident of where the work is at.

“The truth is, it’s very difficult from a position as chair or vice-chair to call, on occasion, for a weighted vote,” she added. “This allows me to, when I see an issue that is more important for those South of the Fraser, to call for a weighted vote.”

As for current transit plans?

“I think the mayors’ plan, which have been fully endorsed for a number of years now, is right on the cusp of completion in terms of completion in terms of funding announcements,” she said.


@ashwadhwani
ashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Delta Seniors Buses to take elderly residents to polls on election day

People 65 and older can book rides to their polling stations for Oct. 20

Delta police search for 160 missing bikes

A container of bikes was stolen from Delta on Sept. 24; now they are starting to turn up in Ontario

Death and dying the focus of Surrey group’s two events

Surrey Hospice Society hosts ‘Body, Mind, Spirit’ conference/fundraiser and its annual dove release

SURREY EVENTS CALENDAR for Oct. 17 and beyond

Halloween gatherings, concerts, festivals and more in our weekly guide for Surrey

CANNABIS: Surrey mayoral candidates talk legalization

Opinions on managing legal marijuana wildly vary among Surrey’s mayoral hopefuls

Rick Mercer says pot is ‘excruciatingly boring’

Comedian hopes Canadians will move onto something else once marijuana is legalized

A B.C. campaign to give municipalities input into marijuana advertising

Without a say, towns and cities risk Washington-State-style flood of advertising, proponent says

Defence cautions against mob justice in Calgary child neglect trial

Jennifer and Jeromie Clark of Calgary have pleaded not guilty to criminal negligence causing death

Feds eyeing options to expedite pardons for minor pot convictions

Internal discussions have focused on an application-based process for speeding up pot pardons

U.S. pot firms urge Trump to dominate North American marijuana industry

Cannabis producers claim the U.S. is “rapidly losing” its competitive advantage to Canada

Battle resumes over speculation tax on B.C. vacant homes

Opposition calls it ‘fake’ tax that is reducing housing supply

Around the BCHL: Merritt, Chilliwack and Coquitlam early-season surprises

Around the BCHL is a look at what’s going on in the league and throughout the junior A world.

Federal government tables bill to transform prisoner segregation

Administrative and disciplinary segregation will be eliminated by Ottawa

Most Read