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HomeBusinessCOVID Exclusive: Vancouver’s jet-setting ex-mayor admits air travel pollutes

COVID Exclusive: Vancouver’s jet-setting ex-mayor admits air travel pollutes

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Bob Mackin

During their decade in office, they became two of B.C.’s most-powerful politicians. Less than two years after retiring from politics, they have changed their tune.

The Vision Vancouver centre-left coalition dominated city hall from 2008 to 2018, as billions of dollars of Chinese money flowed into the city and touched-off a luxury tower and mansion building boom.

Ex-Coun. Raymond Louie was appointed acting mayor by Robertson. Vision’s biggest legacy is the most-obvious: the mushrooming of skyscrapers on the downtown peninsula. Louie became an executive with Coromandel Properties in early 2019 and now he has the suburbs on his mind. That according to his own words on an Urban Land Institute Zoom webinar about adapting to a changing Cascadia.

Former Mayor Gregor Robertson became the most-travelled politician in B.C. history, spending $127,000 of taxpayers’ funds and 331 days outside the city from 2009 to 2017. On an Ethelo eDemocracy Zoom webinar, he admitted globetrotting pollutes.

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