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.
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.
“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.