Vancouver mayor asked to apologize 0

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson spoke to 24 hours in December during a year-end interview.
(CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS)

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson spoke to 24 hours in December during a year-end interview. (CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS)

Vancouver Coun. Adriane Carr has demanded the mayor apologize for comments about Coun. George Affleck’s opposition to businessmen paying to send a city representative to the Sochi Olympics to advocate for the LGBTQ community.

Carr made her demand during Tuesday’s meeting of Vancouver City Council.

In a year-end interview with 24 hours published Dec. 23, Mayor Gregor Robertson admonished Affleck for insisting there was a conflict of interest.

“Affleck was dumping on gay rights and trying to disguise it as a funding issue, which is pathetic … I didn’t really see a thoughtful play there,” said Robertson. “I just saw a bunch of cheap politicking that’s damaging to a human rights issue.”

Coun. Tim Stevenson, himself a gay man, planned the trip to protest Russia’s oppression of the LGBTQ community, with developers helping foot the bill.

In the end, council voted for the city to pay Stevenson’s costs, which haven’t been determined, Carr said.

“I attended that meeting,” Carr said during council. “I heard the debate. At no time did I ever hear any words coming out of Coun. Affleck’s mouth that were negative towards the GLBT community. I was shocked to see this interpretation of this debate. I think it’s something that absolutely demands correction.”

Shortly after Carr’s comments, Robertson tweeted out he “makes no apologies” for advocating for the LGBTQ community.

Affleck told 24 hours he would leave it up to Carr to comment on the incident.

She reiterated her comments to council over the phone Tuesday.

“That was completely inappropriate and inaccurate and I think once something is in the public record it should be corrected,” Carr said. “In general, never have I heard him (Affleck) say anything along those lines.”

 

 

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