Letters

Mayor ignores pipeline benefits

Everyone is entitled to free speech, but how much is it costing taxpayers in Burnaby to put up with Mayor Derek Corrigan’s antics over the Trans Mountain pipeline?

We’re paying a North Vancouver lawyer to ask questions about the project and make disturbing threats to withhold emergency services.

If the city’s own legal department can’t be trusted to look after our interests, why are we paying them?

Why are we paying senior city staff to work at “information events” staged for protesters, environmental groups and television cameras?

Why doesn’t the mayor leave them alone to do a balanced review of the project?

If the mayor doesn’t want the pipeline, maybe he can tell us how soon he’ll be raising our taxes to replace the extra $6 million that the project would pay every year, on top of $7 million right now?

That’s about a nine per cent tax increase we can avoid, but Corrigan has decided we can afford it—without even asking us.

Burnaby councillors don’t ask tough questions because they all back the mayor.

This group thinks nothing of spending our money to fight a project that would keep down property taxes and bring millions of dollars to businesses operating right here at home.

Greg Dent

Burnaby

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