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Gregor Robertson calls NPA platform “lame” in Twitter town hall

Vision Vancouver mayoral candidate Gregor Robertson held a Twitter town hall Friday afternoon ahead of Saturday's civic election.
Vision Vancouver mayoral candidate Gregor Robertson held a Twitter town hall Friday afternoon ahead of Saturday's civic election. AP Photo/Richard Drew, File

Vancouver’s mayor held a “Twitter town hall” Friday afternoon in the final hours of the civic election campaign.

Gregor Robertson hopped on twitter for an hour to take questions from the public on the popular social media site.

The Vision Vancouver candidate faced questions about housing affordability, neighbourhood plans, bike lanes, traffic congestion, the Broadway subway proposal, and transparency at City Hall.

One of the first questions Robertson fielded was about a proposal to build condo towers on Commercial Drive at Broadway that was included in the Grandview-Woodland community plan. Robertson admitted including towers in the community plan “was a mistake.”

In another tweet, he referred to the NPA platform as “lame,” casual language that attracted the ire of other twitter users.

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Journalist Bob Mackin asked Robertson a pointed question about his pledge in 2008 to run a “transparent” City Hall. The question went unanswered:

Robertson wrapped up the chat, thanking everyone for their questions and lamenting there wasn’t enough time to answer them all.

Some people thought Robertson didn’t answer enough questions.

 

 

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