City of Surrey to install rainbow crosswalk

Mayor Linda Hepner says it was her decision alone and not council's. Rebecca Lau / Global News

Surrey is the latest city in Metro Vancouver to propose a rainbow crosswalk.

Mayor Linda Hepner said it was her decision alone and not council’s.

“When you’re in a city the size of ours and have 102 languages spoken in the city, I think the message has gone way beyond LGBTQ and has broadened its appeal into being one of inclusivity,” she said.

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Hepner said the crosswalk will cost $8,500 over a period of five years, an amount that she says is “peanuts.”

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She said it’s a small amount of money and those complaining about the price have a message of intolerance hiding behind it.

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“I just consider it a completely intolerant message and I have no time for it,’ she said.

The crosswalk will be painted in the coming weeks near Holland Park.

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