Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson's chair doesn't get much use at Metro Vancouver board meetings
During the last term of Council, the Vision minority made a big deal about the fact that former Mayor Sam Sullivan didn't sit on Metro Vancouver. They argued that by Sullivan giving Metro Vancouver a pass, it was a huge vacuum in leadership in the region.
Along came mayoral candidate Gregor Robertson who committed during the campaign that he would take a more active role at Metro Vancouver. Council made their new appointments to Metro Vancouver about six months ago and Robertson was made one of five representatives from the City of Vancouver.
Now that almost six months has passed, we thought it was time to check out Robertson's attendance record to see if Hizonner was actually living up to his commitment to provide regional leadership.
Our crack research team looked at the Metro Vancouver minutes for all the Board meetings to see who did and did not attend. Between January 1st and May 29th, there were a total of 8 board meetings held. According to the minutes, Robertson attended only three full meetings during this period. In all, he only attended 50% of the meetings and sent Mayor Geoff Meggs in his place instead.
The following is a breakdown of each meeting:
- January 23rd - Attended, but left early
- January 30th - No show
- February 27th - No show
- March 27th - In attendance
- April 24th - In attendance
- May 4th - No show
- May 15th - In attendance
- May 29th - No show
For a man who's political party criticized the previous mayor for not sitting on the Metro Vancouver Board, this revelation regarding his shoddy attendance record is a tad embarrassing indeed. We'll report back in six months to see if his overall attendance record improves.