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Judge tosses suit against Vancouver mayor 0

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Glen Chernen, who says he's running for mayor of Vancouver for the Cedar Party, was instrumental in a lawsuit that was dismissed by a judge this week. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Glen Chernen, who says he's running for mayor of Vancouver for the Cedar Party, was instrumental in a lawsuit that was dismissed by a judge this week. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

The B.C. Supreme Court has dismissed a court case petitioning to remove Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson from office.

The case, filed by members of the Cedar Party, alleged Gregor Robertson leased city land to tech company HootSuite at below market value and that it compromised him as mayor because of the company’s support in a 2011 election campaign.

But according to Justice Christopher Hinkson, the evidence showed the city received fair market value for the property and there was no conflict.

“In my opinion, there is no evidence that the modest campaign assistance provided to the respondent by HootSuite during the 2011 Vancouver civic election was linked to the lease and option to purpose the property,” wrote Hinkson in his judgment.

Robertson released a statement Monday saying the deal was to support the local tech industry, praising the move as helping to foster Vancouver industry.

He accused those who filed the suit of using the court system for political purposes.

“I am very pleased with today’s clear and decisive court decision, which validates the city’s work and hopefully marks the end of a series of desperate political attacks through the courts,” Robertson said.

 

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