Opinion

Corrigan consistently anti-Victoria

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan has secured a measure of notoriety for himself in recent years as one of the Gateway project’s most vocal opponents. The long list of politically-charged comments he has directed at Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon could almost fill a book. 

Of course, most observers of politics in the Lower Mainland won’t find it the least bit surprising. In fact, Corrigan’s made a career out of being vocally opposed to practically everything. For example, the Canada Line and basically anything the BC Liberal government says or does. However, what most observers may find surprising is the contradiction between what Corrigan vocally opposes and what he actually supports within his own city.

Take for example the obvious contradiction between Corrigan’s opposition to twinning the Port Mann Bridge and widening the Trans Canada Highway—which will supposedly induce suburban sprawl and promote car-dependent development in the Lower Mainland—and Corrigan’s support for the large, and clearly car-dependent, big box development in Burnaby’s Big Bend area.

When the proposal for the Big Bend development came forward a couple of years ago, there was enormous public opposition among residents. Yet, despite clear public opposition, Corrigan and his council pushed the proposal through.

Not only did Corrigan support this car dependent development, the City of Burnaby even widened Marine Way to six lanes from four along the adjacent stretch of roadway, and put in a turning lane in each direction.

The obvious question that needs to be asked is why it’s OK for Corrigan to widen Marine Way but it’s not OK for Victoria to widen the Trans-Canada Highway to eight lanes and increase the Port Mann Bridge from five lanes to eight?

Corrigan needs to be consistent. He cannot set one standard for himself and a different standard for everyone else to help support his politically-motivated anti-everything-the-provincial-government-does positions.   

Gary C. Bizzo

Burnaby

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