RAV Vote Contradicted

The Straight

At a December 14 news conference, COPE Mayor Larry Campbell criticized some of his COPE colleagues for not supporting democratic decisions of council while representing the city on other bodies such as TransLink and the Greater Vancouver Regional District. Campbell cited the $1.72-billion Richmond/Airport/Vancouver Rapid Transit project as one such example.

Council endorsed the RAV project on May 15, 2003, and COPE Coun. David Cadman later voted against it as a director of TransLink. At a Greater Vancouver Regional District board meeting, COPE councillors Cadman, Tim Louis, Fred Bass, and Anne Roberts also voted against TransLink’s three-year financial plan and 10-year outlook, which called for an additional $3.9 billion in expenditures.

However, Vancouver city council voted 10-1 on May 15, 2003, to support the public operation of transit, yet Campbell didn’t endorse this idea when it came before the TransLink board eight days later. The May 15, 2003, Vancouver city council motion also requested that TransLink and the Greater Vancouver Regional District reject a public-private partnership to finance, operate, maintain, and control the RAV line.

On May 23, 2003, Campbell did not support a motion before the TransLink board to support public operation of transit and reject a public-private partnership to finance, operate, maintain, and control the RAV line. COPE councillors Cadman and Bass, on the other hand, voted in favour of this motion, which was defeated by a majority of TransLink directors.

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